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Thomas  E.  Jeffrey 
Microfilm  Editor 

Gregory  Field 
Theresa  M.  Collins 
David  W.  Hutchings 
Lisa  Gltelman 
Leonard  DeGraaf 
Dennis  D.  Madden 


Reese  V.  Jenkins 
Director  and  Editor 

Mary  Ann  Hellrigcl 
Paul  B.  Israel 
Robert  A.  Rosenberg 
Karen  A.  Detlg 
Gregory  Jankunls 
Douglas  G.  Tan- 


Rutgers,  The  State  University  of  New  Jersey 
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18  June  1981 

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New  Jersey. 

ISBN  0-89093-702-S 


Rutgers,  The  State  University  of 
New  Jersey 

Francis  L.  Lawrence 
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Rudolph  M.  Bell 

New  Jersey  Historical  Commission 
Howard  L.  Green 

National  Park  Service 
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Nancy  Waters 
George  Tselos 
Smithsonian  Institution 
Bernard  Finn 
Arthur  P.  Molella 


James  Brittain,  Georgia  Institute  of  Technology 
Alfred  D.  Chandler,  Jr.,  Harvard  University 
Neil  Harris,  University  of  Chicago 
Thomas  Parke  Hughes,  University  of  Pennsylvania 
Arthur  Link,  Princeton  University 
Nathan  Reingold,  Smithsonian  Institution 
Robert  E.  Schofield,  Iowa  State  University 


William  C.  Hittinger  (Chairman),  RCA  Corporation 
Edward  J.  Blouslein,  Rutgers,  The  Stale  University  of  New  Jersey  * 
Cees  Bruynes,  North  American  Philips  Corporation 
Paul  J.  Christiansen,  Charles  Edison  Fund 
Philip  F.  Dietz,  Westinghouse  Electric  Corporation 
Roland  W.  Schmitt,  General  Electric  Corporation 
Harold  W.  Sonn,  Public  Service  Electric  and  Gas  Company 
Morris  Tanenbaum,  AT&T 




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Records  Commission 


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Amerada  Hess  Corporation 

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Association  of  Edison  Illuminating 
Companies,  Inc. 

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The  Boston  Edison  Foundation 
Cabot  Corporation  Foundation,  Inc. 

Carolina  Power  &  Light  Company 
Consolidated  Edison  Company  of 
New  York,  Inc. 

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Coming  Glass  Works  Foundation 
Duke  Power  Company 
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Electric  Systems) 

Exxon  Corporation 
Florida  Power  &  Light  Company 
General  Electric  Foundation 
Gould  Inc.  Foundation 
Gulf  States  Utilities  Company 
Idaho  Power  Company 
International  Brotherhood  of  Electrical 

Iowa  Power  and  Light  Company 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Stanley  H.  Katz 
Matsushita  Electric  Industrial  Co.,  Ltd. 
McGraw-Edison  Company 
Minnesota  Power 
New  Jersey  Bell 
New  York  State  Electric  &  Gas 

North  American  Philips  Corporation 
Philadelphia  Electric  Company 
Philips  International  B.V. 

Public  Service  Electric  and  Gas 
RCA  Corporation 
Robert  Bosch  GmbH 
Rochester  Gas  and  Electric 

San  Diego  Gas  &  Electric 
Savannah  Electric  and  Power  Company 
Schering-Plough  Foundation 
Texas  Utilities  Company 
Thomas  &  Betts  Corporation 
Thomson  Grand  Public 
Transamerica  Delaval  Inc. 
Westinghouse  Educational  Foundation 
Wisconsin  Public  Service 

The  Alfred  P.  Sloan  Foundation 
Charles  Edison  Fund 
The  Hyde  and  Watson  Foundation 
Geraldine  R.  Dodge  Foundation 


A  Note  on  the  Sources 

The  pages  which  have  been 
filmed  are  the  best  copies 
available.  Every  technical 
effort  possible  has  been 
made  to  ensure  legibility. 


Reel  duplication  of  the  whole  or  of 
any  part  of  this  film  is  prohibited. 
In  lieu  of  transcripts,  however, 
enlarged  photocopies  of  selected 
items  contained  on  these  reels 
may  be  made  in  order  to  facilitate 

1891.  Phonograph  -  Edison  Phonograph  Works  -  Accounts  (D-91-47) 

This  folder  contains  routine  financial  records  of  the  Edison  Phonograph 
Works.  Included  are  monthly  statements,  time  and  payroll  sheets,  and 
memoranda  of  daily  shipments  and  weekly  billing  statements  to  the  Edison 
General  Electric  Co.  One  summary  payroll  statement  for  the  week  ending 
April  15,  1891,  has  been  filmed  as  a  sample. 

Summary  of  pay  roll  for  week  ending  April  15th.  91 

Batea  a/c  §137.98 
Machy  &  Tools  23.67 
T.  A.  Edison  72.77 
New  Phonograph  47.93 
Eur.  &  Fix.  51.95 
General  Expense  420.54 
Edison  Mfg.  Co.  5.27 
Wax  Cylinders  71.85 
Phono.  L.  &  M.  21.02 
Iron  Foundry  70.55 
Brass  "  51.00 
Brossa  10.90 

Total  , _ 

985.43  .. 

^  ^  /C&-c£-  ^  jfs 

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1891.  Phonograph  -  Foreign  -  General  (D-91-48) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
commercial  development  of  Edison’s  phonograph  in  the  United  Kingdom, 
Germany,  Mexico,  and  Russia.  Included  are  letters  about  the  presentation  of 
the  phonograph  to  various  foreign  dignitaries.  Among  the  correspondents  are 
Julius  H.  Block,  Edison’s  phonograph  agent  in  Russia;  Josef  Hofmann,  the 
Polish  pianist;  and  Sherburne  B.  Eaton,  Edison’s  attorney. 

Approximately  70  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine  requests  for 
phonographs  and  information  about  the  phonograph;  other  routine  business 


interest  from  working  the  Phonograph  X  brought  over  with  me  -  I  think 
myself  that  with  some  modifications  it  will  be  quite  suitable  for 
business  purposes  -  The  cylinders  at  present'  are  however  too  short  to 
contain  an  ordinary  letter, and  the  Phonogram  I  am  to-day  sending  you 
is  really  quite  a  short  letter, and  it  would  be  difficult  to  condense 
many  of  the  business  communications  one  has  to  make  into  so  short  a 
compass; there  would  therefore  be  verjMgr^T  difficulty  and  time  lost 
in  changing  cylinders, and  if  it  would  be  possible  to  make  these 
cylinders  longer  the  instrument  would  be  very  much  more  practical.  - 
You  are  making, I  know, a  new  form  of  instrument  with  cylinders  of 
narrower  diameter  and  also  longer  -  I  wish  you  could  let  me  have  one 
of  these  instrument’s  when  you  have  got  the  patterns  finished, as  I 
should  greatly  like  to  put  one  into  work  here  and  really  see  whether 
it  cannot  be  used  habitually  for  my  private  dictation  purposes  — 

One  ought  to  have  a  spare  stylas  and  planer  with  these  instruments  as 
in  case  anything  went  wrong  with  the  little  sapphire  heads  one  would 
be  completely  stopped  - 

The  only  difficulty  in  using  the  instrument  that  occurs  to  me  is  the 
question  of  correction  -  I  do  not  see  how  this  can  be  easily  overcome- 

In  dictating  letters  sometimes  it  is  necessary  to  male  corrections', and 
these  of  ..course  are  not  practicable  in  a  Phonogram  -  The  instrument  1 
Jiavc  is  a  remarkably  good  one, and  in  fact  speaks  so  loud  ay  putting  a 
paper  cone  on  to  it  the  voice  can  be  heard  as  from  a  person  on  the 
o tner  side  of  the  room  -  1  am  using  it  haoitualiy  for  dictating 
letters  to, and  my  Clerlt  takes  them  off  afterwards  -  TJie  planning  of 
tae  cylinders  is  rather  a  lengthy  affair, but  this  I  mean  to  leave  to 
him  to  do  later  -  I  hope  you  will  be  able  to  let  me  have  one  of 
these  new  pattern  instruments, for  another  thing  is ‘that  these^cfii^rs 
at  prn  rtrral  I  fine  very  brittle; I  suppose  it  is  the  excessively  cold 
weather  wc  nave  had  for  over  two  months,but  I  dont  know, I  find  they 
crack  sometimes  without  any  reason. 

Believe  me, 

Yours  very  truly 




©UJKE  ©F 

iV.y  Dear  Edison. 


Cutting  is  alsc 



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Fairbanks  &  0°,  H.  Disston  &  Sons, 
Ilf.  fi  B,  Douglas,  Eclipse  WM  Engine  IT. 




Joseph  Perkins  &  Sons.  nr.  Redditch 

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*  “SSsfT"  **m*  WW*  IA1  » i »  «aJ*4;  •  “< 

A.  C.  WELLS  &  C  V  !*  f!  1— ’tA  J*V 

bear  $irs- 

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fa  reason  l^aaBwa^ing.  k^jr& 
interesting  favor  of  Astober  *  1896,  only  now,  is  the  tjeslre  00^^ 
noylng  yp u  w*th  a  fetter,  after  having  gathered  sufficient  intarastt#: 
material  for  an  Answer. 

In  devoting  my  time  with  the  phonograph  entirely  for  mttedie^  records 
your  news  re  overcoming  all  difficulties  was  most  stifling  'tp  me  &  1 
ajti  now  dreaming  of  the  time  when  it  will  be  my  lh*k  to  see  &  heat 
this  nSw1  wonder. 

I  was  Also  glad  &  satisfied  to  learn,  that  the  Effnpebors  gift  had  at 
last  reached  you  safe  &  sound-. 

And  now  re  the  phonograms  sent*  Should  they  have  turned  out  ^interes¬ 
ting  I  wou  Id  be  but  too  happy  to  forward  some  more,  which  1  -have 
been  gathering.  Amongst  the  new  ones  there  is  a  very  interesting 
vooal  one.  The  chorus  of  500  students  of  the  Moscow  University  have 




Fairbanks  &  C°,  H,  Disston  &  Sons, 
W.  &  B.  Douglas,  Eclipse  Wind  Engine  G°. 



Joseph  Perkins  &  Sons.  nr.  Redditch 

Willcoi  8  Gibbs  Sen.  liacb.  P. 
Seidel  &  Naumann,—  Diirkopp  &  Ci. 

Jmport  of  JVIachinery,  J^ardwaf^e  &c. 



Th.  A,  Edison  Esq. 

Jlloscow,  £t.-petersburg,  y/arsaw  &  Ekalherinburg. 

Wc  use  „A.  B.  C.  Code"  4-th  Edition, 

7  /  19  Jan  91  189 


A'(iL..ur:iLiwC'  sung  a  rU8sifan  national  song  ,  which  I  recorded 

_ a*;'u‘ _ _  &  consider  very  fair.  I  had  it  reproduced  to 

them  through  a  funnel  &  their  enthusiasm  was  the  moB.t  powerful:  I 
ever  witnessed.  I  believe  Professor  Stolietoff  sent  you  a  cable 
same  night  &  the  students  intended  to  send  you  a  similar  oable  signed 
by  a  good  number  of  them.  I  dont  know  whether  this  took  place.  I 
had  to  leave  for  London  &  .just  returned,  so  that  I  had  no  time  to 
hear  thdorfcsults tbfrtheir  plane.  They  did  not  know  how  to  thank  me 
for  acquainting  them  with  your  wonderful  Invention.  Before  leaving  I 
had  shown  It  to  over  1300  students  &  now  have  promised  to  show  it  to 
the  rest  of  them  (another  1700).  Professor  Stolietoff  further  promis¬ 
ed  me  to  assist  me  in  my  next  lecture  for  the  Imperial  Teohnloal  So¬ 
ciety.  The  first  leoture  turned  out  suoh  a  suooes8,that  I  have  been 

asked  to  repeat  It  &  this  time  it  will  be  a  more  ooraplete  thing. 
There  is  one  more  favor  I  have  to  ask  of  you  &  this  Is  the  funnel 
question.  I  have  been  frequently  asked  to  go  in  for  ORCHESTRA  re¬ 
cording  &  have  until  now  held  back  for  the  simple  reason,  that  I 




Fairbanks  &  C°,  H.  Disston  &  Sons, 
l  S  B.  Douglas,  Eclipse  Wind  Engine  C”, 

(Pumps)  (Wind  .Motor*) 


Joseph  Perkins  &  Sons.  nr.  Redditch 

Jmport  of  jMachinery,  JIard waf^e  &c. 

- - 

Moscow,  pi.-peten . 

“^o^o.o,  Jan  7/19  91 

Willcn  ft  (libs  Siv.  lieh.  IT.  Th.  A.  EdisorfEsq.  .  #3. 

Seidel  &  Neumann,—  Durkopp  &C!. 

(K"o,|« v.p„,  uKh,0  could  not  obtain  the  correct  dimensions  &  shapes 

^  f0r  ^e  best  suitable  funnel  for  suoh  purposes. 

I  would  feel  exceedingly  obliged  to  you  if  you  would  send  me  a  rough 
sketch  of  suoh  a  funnel.  For  piano  I  was  trying  the  shape  of  a 
parabola,  but  without  success,  probably  due  to  the  rough  way  it 
was  made. . 

My  surprise  was  great  when  I  was  told  in  London,  that  they  do  not 
goln  for  vooal  redords. 

I  am  sorry  to'  aay  I  could  not  learn  anything  new  In  London,  though  I 
had  the  pleasure  of  meeting  Col.  Qouraud  for  the  first  time  there. 
Hi®  news  was  not  very  hopeful  &  I  oould  not  learn  of  any  definite 
moves  there.  Things  seemed  to  look  very  muoh  like  2  years  ago. 

Excuse  please  my  long  ohat.  I  did  not  Intend  to  take  up  so  muoh 
of  your  valuable  time. 

Hoping  some  day  to  be  of  assistance  to  you  believe  me  t^be 





Fairbanks  &  0°,  H.  Disston  &  Sons, 
IN.  8  B.  Ooiiglai,  Eclipse  Wind  Engine  O’. 

Joseph  Perkins  &  Sons.  nr.  Redditch 

Wlllcoi  a  Gibbs  Set.  UacB.  IT. 
Saulel  &  Nanmann.—  Durkopp  &  05. 


/Address  |Tiuty»s 


Moscow,  fsL-pcteraburg,  yJarsi 


January  8  /  2o 

A.  0. 


N.  J. 

Tate  Esq 

I  (Kcrotine,  Ltftb:.) 

I  «<=•  Orange 

/  J  Dear  Sir;- 

Please  accept  my  thanks  for  your  kind 
information  &  enclosures  of  November  17.  I  was  absent  from  home  for 
some  considerable  time  &  this  delayed  answering  your  favor  promptly. 

In  listening  this  time  to  some  reproductions  IN  London  given  by 
one  of  the  former  type  of  phonographs  I  was  struck  with  the  absenoe 
of  the  noise,  ususally  heard  &  caused  by  the  reordlng  point  In  r^., 
cording.  I  oould  not  get  a  satisfactory  explanation  there  &  since  <*8 
the  principal  objection  mentioned  by  most,  oan  you  not  give  me  the 
explanation  how  this  has  been  avoided??  I  would^reatly  indebted 
to  you  if  you- oould  explain  this.  I  was  the  more  astonished  to  find 
this  in  London,  since  the  same  lady  toMme,  that  they  do  not  go  in 
for  recording  **a  vooal  performances,)^  being  good  enough  for  re¬ 
production,  i  was  rather  astonished  to  hear  this,  since  I  have  aohi^- 
ved  some  marvellous  results  in  that  line. 

Thanking  you  beforehand  for  any  lnfoimation  I  remain  yours  trulv^L 




///(■■ '  ///re. 

A/'.  A, ■/’/,./, ray  m 

/far  ■ArrA  Feb.  2  .  1891 . 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Bear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  say  that  Mr.  Connery  and  I  have  this 
day  gone  over  his  draft  of  the  proposed  Agave  contract.  We  find 
several  things  which  require  joint  discussion  and  Mr.  Coonnery, 
his  associate,  Mr.  Clarke,  and  I  propose  to  visit  you  at  the  Labora¬ 
tory  next  Wednesday  .theT  IIth  inst.  at  2.P.M.,  to  settle  the  whole 

If  you  find  you  cannot  keep  this  appointment 
will  you  kindly  give  Mr.  Connery  and  myself  at  least  two  days 
notice,  sending  Mr.  Connery  notice  at  Llewelyn  ParK. 

Very  truly  yours, 


„J  .  B  L  O  p-K  V  , 

Fairbanks  &  C°,  II.  Disston  &'.S»ns'; 

i/.  S i  Douglas,  Eclipst  Wind  figiie  v. 


Willcoi  a  Gibbs  Sen.  Had  IT. 

Seidel  &  Naumann.— Diirkopp  &  C", 

•  O'l i;.* ;j of  odd-  , 

J  importers  of  jVIachinery,  J-Iardware  &C. 
*■  0V,ji  1 



In  reply  to  your  favor  of 
Aiihvortlicli  Hires  Goelirten  1 

Mr.  Glushanowski  has  addressed 

you  in  a  matter,  which,  as  far  as  I  know,  is  unique  in  its  way. 

The  gentleman  besides  holding  a  very  important  position  is  wonder- 

fihlly  able  *  competent  in  a  various  branches  of  science  &  art  & 
has  given  me  some  very  good  hints  in  regard  to  experiments  with 
your  phonograph  .  This  is  one  of  the  many  instances  whore  your 
phonograph  would  have  been  put  to  a  practical  test  in  the  right  way, 
Mr.  G.  expressed  his  willingness  to  return  the  apparatus  after 
a  certain  time;  I  could  not  part  with  the  one  you  gave  me,  because 
I  still  continue  to  demonstrate  sma  same  *  anothervery  big  lectttre 
will  take  place  on  the  4*b.  Prof.  Stolietoff  has  prepared  some 
micro-photographs  of  some  of  the  sounds  .which,  with  various  il- 

lustrations  of  yomr  wonderful  apparatus  will  be  throw  on  the 
screen,  during  the  lecture. 

I  have  some  very  interesting  new  phonograms,  which,  if  the 
last  ones  gave  you  any  pleasure,  I  shall  gladly  forward  to  jou. 

Vory  faithfully  yours 

•  r  ■'!  O  i  i>H  .A  a  x.  m  o  ;1  1’ 

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vjjoo  \;M 

aouecriijoi.  ecxi  iduv/om-.dawID  .-ill 

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-looriow  ei  .foil  I  so. I  i  r&.  no^ii  fiw  s  ^ilhlori  eouluod  nsrap  Ejhtoa  oiIT 
a  J'IS  a  ojfroioa  'to  uodoni/xcl  nmiicv  e  Hi  Jrtoloq.™  j  a  etds  ^XXtft- 
rlliw  c litem  tioqxo  oi  o’lsao’i  rrx  sirciri  bcog  tn ov  emoa  an  ftovia  boi! 
'!«ot  onoxiv;  i!  ojrfelent  trum  o.'tf  to  orso  ex  uiilT  .  xl'isnyorrorlq  'iwbt 
tovf  i.'ati  e;(.t  nl  leaf  Xcoliotriq  a  oi  iuq  rtood  ovsrl  bXuow  ilqtrtaotioflq 
■soriL  uuiifttiim  o'1-*  mtt&tn  o t  saonyitUhi  ulri  boeutrxqxo  .0  .ill 
ocwx,  and  ,em  ovsy  wot  ono  ojfi  tlJiw  Jtsq  Ion  Muoo  I  ;  omit  rtixilnex  a 
otatJQt  aid  ttov'.orlJortu  a  omoe  mcx  otuniunomb  o t  ownhtrroj  Ultu  J 
or.ioe  iMvriiqotq  sort  1'f odoiXojB  .loll  . 'Jijx  odd  wo  Boalq  o lint  Ifiw 
-li  exxoiicv  lliiw  , ifui  :Iw .  ebwcB  erlj  lo  omoe  lo  aifqirjyoJon.j-ot  j  irn 






■S&U’ _ March  6.  I89t MW 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  beg  to  report,  as  folloi 

Re’ Connery  Agave  Contract, 
hurried  up  and  had  this  document  ready 
e  promised  to  call  last  Saturday.  He  did  not, but  calldd  yester¬ 
day.  V/e  went  over  the  contract  and  agreed  on  all  disputed  points 
but  one.  In  due  time  we  shall  probably  refer  that  one  point  to 
you  for  decision. 

At  Mr. Connery's  requester 
•  him  last  week  Friday. 

Re  English  Phonograph  Patents.  I  explained  to  Mr.  Selin; - 
man  why  it  is  that  you  cannot  execute  the  assignment  which  the 
English  lawyers  sent  over.  He  then  stated  that  he  was  satisfied 
thth  something  else.  I  then e  xplained  to  him  that  the  said  other 
thing  would  not  be  satisfactory  to  the  English  lawyers,  and  would 
possibly  not  give  them  what  they  required  to  bring  the  suit  on. 

Mr.  S.  now  wants  a  full  assignment,  and  the  E.U.P.Co.  will  simul¬ 
taneously  grant  a  return  license  to  you  for  dolls  &c.  That  plan 
does  not  meet  with  my  approval,  not  yet  at  any  rate.  I  must  have 
the  English  patent  law  investigated  before  I  can  consent  to  it. 

That  will  cost  money.  Your  contract  provides  that  the  E.U.P.Co. 
shall  pay  all  expenses  of  this  kind.  I  am  not  disposed  to  go 
ahead  until  they  agree  to  do  it.  Out  of  regard  to  your  interests 
I  shall  do  my  duty  by  the  E.U.P.Co.  but  it  will  be  ice  cold.  If  ’ 

I  make  it  too  cold,  please  give  me  instructions  and  they  shall  bo 
promptly  obeyed. 

TfComas  A.  Edison,  Esq, 


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Re  Connery  &  Clarke  Agave  Contract.  Please  find 
enclosed  three  like  copies  of  this  instrument.  Execute  all  three, 
and  have  the  date  filled  in  at  the  top  of  the  first  page  and  on  the 
back,  then  hand  them  to  Mr.  Connery  when  he  calls,  and  let  him 
add  his  own  signature  and  get  that  of  Mr.  Clarke,  to  the  three 
copies.  Ask  him  to  then  leave  one  copy  with  Mr.  Clarke,  keep  one 
copy  himself,  and  hand  me  the  third  copy.  The  copy  which 

lie  hands  me  I  shall  in  due  time  give  to  you,  after  making  an  office 
copy  for  my  files.  By  pursuing  the  above  course  each  one  of  the 
three  parties  to  the  agreement  will  have  a  copy  duly  executed  by 
all  three  parties. 

Hoping  the  above  will  be  satisfactory,  I  remain, 


1891.  Phonograph  -  Foreign  -  Edison  United 
Phonograph  Company  (D-91-49) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Co.  Included  are  documents  about 
the  assignment  of  Edison’s  English  phonograph  patents  to  the  company  and 
items  about  the  technical  development  of  the  nickel-in-the-slot  phonograph. 
There  are  also  letters  about  the  presentation  of  a  phonograph  to  the  president 
of  Chile.  Among  the  correspondents  are  G.N.  Morison,  secretaiy  of  the 
company;  Jesse  Seligman,  a  New  York  investment  banker  who  helped  organize 
the  company;  and  Sherburne  B.  Eaton,  Edison’s  attorney. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  Most  of 
the  unselected  items  are  meeting  announcements  and  letters  of  transmittal  and 
acknowledgement.  Also  not  filmed  are  several  untranslated  French-language 
letters  addressed  to  Stephen  F.  Moriarty,  a  few  routine  business  letters,  and 
duplicate  copies  of  selected  items. 

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Thoms  Edison,  Esq., 
Dear  Sir: 

fevnrnf  +>,a  ^nd  the  E.U.P.Co.  Referring  to  your  valud 

favorof  the  20th  mst..,  I -beg  to  say  that  there  is  only  one  clause 
in  the  contract  of  March  jl,  1890,  between  you,  Gouraud  and  the  whereby  any  money  is  payable  to  Gouraud  as  matters  now 
stand.  That  clause  is  the  third  section  of  the  said  tripartite 
agreement,  and  provides  that  within  eleven  months  from  March  II. 
1890,  the  Board  of  Directors  of  <-he  E.U.P.Bo.  shall  determine 
what  compensation,  if  any,  shall  be  paid  to  you  and  Gouraud,  or 
either,  for  the  assignment  made  in  the  said  agreement  of  all  of 
J°ur ^1S  riehts,  profits,  percentages  and  royalties  relating  to 
Phonographs.  The  fourth  section  of  the  said  agreement 
provides  that  whatever  compensation  is  awarded  to  either  you  or 
Gouraud  shall  be  ivided  equally  between  you,  after  deducting  the 
expenses  incurred  by  Gouraud  in  taking  out  and  maintaining  patents, 
the  same  in  any  event  not  to  exceed  §25,000.  B  1 

to  the  matter, 
E.U.P.Co.  may  b 

I  mention  the  above  merely  to  call  your  attention 
thinking  that  possibly  a  meeting  of  theBoard  of  the 
e  called  to  take  action  on  it. 

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New  York  City,  ffan.3I,  1891.  Ol 

.  Tate:  '\i\ 

/7  X  have  this  day  written  the  E.U.P.Bo.  about  the  en¬ 

closed  „.mat,  ter,  but  i  asmuch  as  they  are  pretty  slippery  people  X 
think^it  would  be  well  for  Mr.  Edison  also  to  write  to  them  as 
suggested  at  the  end  of  the  enclosed  letter  reque-  ting  them  to  noti 
f  y  me , 

Please  send  back  the  enclosed  letter  for  my  files  and 


Very  truly  yours, 

S.B. Eaton,  p  A.G.M. 


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Re  Compensation  to  Gouraud  for  805  Phonographs. 
I  beg  to  report  as  follows  on  this  matter; 

(1)  One  of  the  agreements  of  March  II,  1890, 
between  you^Gouraud^and  the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Companyj  pro¬ 
vided  that  the  Board  of  the  E.U.P.Co.  must  determine  v/i thin  eleven 
months  (  if  at  all)  whether  any  compensation  should  be  paid  to  you 
and  Gouraud  on  account  of  these  phonographs.  The  Executive  Commit¬ 
tee  met  today  and  pursuant  to  your  request  I  was  present  to  look 
aft a*  your  interests,  owing  to  Mr,  Insull's  abse  nee.  It  was  dis¬ 
covered  that  no  quorum  of  the  Board  could  possibly  be  obtained 

by  the  Ilth  inst.,  when  the  s aid  eleven  months  expire.  With  the 
usual  neglect  of  business,  the  officers  of  the  Company  had  not 
taken  this  matter  up  early  enough. 

(2)  The  talk  which  took  place  at  the  meeting 
today  showed  that  every  member  of  the  Committee  was  opposed  to 
paying  anything.  It  was  the  general  belief  that  you  did  not  in¬ 
sist  on  anything  yourself,  and  that  your  o wn  view:,  was  that  both 
you  and  Gouraud  should  waive  all  claim.  Mr.  Moriarty  who  was 
present  stated  that  he  was  convinced  from  recent  correspondence 
with  Gouraud  that  the  latter  would  be  satisfied  to  adopt  your  view. 
Inasmuch  as  the  contract  provides  that  the  matter  should  be  left  to 
the  Board,  and  as  a  quorum  of  the  Board  is  not  possible  by  the  Ilth 
inst.,  and  afilall  the  members  of  the  Committee  were  of  opinion 

(in  which  I  did  not  concur)  that  inaction,  that  is  to  say  doing 
nothing,  was  a  sufficient  performance  of  the  obligation  of  the  Com¬ 
pany  and  would  give  the  same  result  as  would  be  given  bya  formal 
action  of  the  Board  to  the  effect  that  nothing  whatever  should  be 
paid  to  you  and  Gouraud;-  the  Committee  adjourned  without  doing 
anything  and  without  putting  anything  on  record. 

(3)  Colonel  Gouraud  sailed  today  for  N  ew  York 
iioriar  ty  says  he  is  ccsning  on  account  of  family  matters.  In  view 

of  the  informal  disposition  of  this  matter,,  as  above-  stated,  he  may 
probably  revive  a  consideration- of  the  subject  when  he  reaches 
here.  But  of  course  you  do  not  care  whether  he  does  or  not,  for  it 
is  distinctly  understood/ and  I  impressed  i  t  on  all  hands  today,  th.t 
you  were  to  have  one  half  of  whatever  is  allowed  to  Gouraud( after 
patent  expenses)  if  anything,  anrl  that  the  money  is  to  be  paid 
directly  by  the  Company  to  you  instead  of  the  entire  amount  being 
paid  to  Gouraud  with  the  expectation  that  he  would  hand  one  half 
of  it  to  you.  They  understand  that  you  are  to  get  one-half  and  thfc 
the  Company  is  under  apersonal  obligation  to  hand  it  to  you  direct¬ 

(4)  The  forego i  ng  contract  further  pe-cite's: 
the  fact  that  Gouraud  had  collected  money  from  agents  under  six 
certain  agency  contract,  and  provides  that  as  regards  five  of  thorn 
(excluding  Brazil)  the  said  money  should  be  paid  "immediately" 

by  him  to  the  E.U.P.Co.  That  was  eleven  months  ago?  At  the  me et- 
ing  today  I  xxb  asked  whether  this  had  been  done.  They  sent  for 
Secretary  Morison,  and  President  Cochrane  was  also  present.  It 
turned  out  that  no  demand  had  ever  been  made  on  Gouraud  for  this 
money,  although  eleven  months  had  passed,  and  that  he  had  never 
paid  any  of  it.  I  promptly  characterized  this  slack  way  of  doing 
business  as  tipical  of  the  way  all  the  business  had  been  carried 
on  by  the.  present  officers.  They  were  disposed  to  resent  this 
but  the  facts  were  against  them.  I  further  stated  that  Mr  Jnsull 
had  with  equal  justice  made  similar  complaints  before. 

(5)  One  of  the  foregoing  six  agency  contracts 
related  to  Brazil,  and  the  fbregoing  agreement  recites  that  Gouraud 
had  received  five  hundred  pounds  from  the  Brazil  agent.  He  always 
claimed  that  for  certain  peculiar  reasons  he  ought  to  be  entitled 
to  keep  this  money  in  hi6  own  pocket,  while  I  always  maintained  thfc. 
if  he  did  so,  you  ought  to  have  your  own  share  of  it.  Under  the 
foregoing  agreement  these  two  questions  are  loft  to  the  arbitra¬ 
tion  of  the  Board  of  Directors  of  the  E.U.P.Co.,  viz:  whether  Gour¬ 
aud  shall  retain  this  Brazil  money  or  shall  turn  it  over  to  the 
Company  as  he  has  obliged  himself  to  do  touching  the  other  five 
agencies,  and  whether,  in  case  the  Board  decide  that  he  may  re¬ 
tain  it  he  shall  pay  a  part  of  it  to  you,  and  how  much.  There 
being  no  quorum  of  the  Board  present  today(in  fact  it  was  a  meeting 
of  the  Executive  Committee  and  not  of  the  Board  )  this  matter  was 
not  acted  on.  But  we  must  not  forget  it.  I  shall  send  a  copy 

of  this  letter  to  Mr.  Insull  in  order  that  he  may  bear  this  point 
in  mind. 

(6)  President  Cochrane  interviewed  me  at  the  end 
of  the  meeting  about  Eaton  &  Levis'  bill  of  March  27,  XS90.  It 

is  nearly  eleven  months  since  this  bill  was  presented.  The  Company 
has  never  even  acknowledged  the  bill.  I  told  Mr.  Cochrane  that 
the  officers  of  the  Company  ought  all  to  be  discharged  for  not 
aft  ending  to  business.  I  stated  that  in  addition  to  the  complaints 
which  Mr.  Insull  had  heretofore  made  here  were  two  other  iruatters, 
viz:  this  bill  and  the  above  matters  relating  to  monies  payable 
by  Gouraud,  to  the  Company  r.vhi  ch  had  not  even  been  asked  for  by 
the  latter.  Mr.  Cochran  finally  stated  that  he  would  talk  our 
bill  over  with  Mr.  Seligmann  and  that  I  should  hear  from  him. 

(7)  To  sum  up,  the  question  of  paying  you  and 

Oouraud  anything  on  account  of  the  805  phonographs  is  practically 
ended.  But  the  question  of  yourgetting  some  part  of  the  five  hun 
dred  pounds  of  Brazil  money  is  still  to  be  acted  upon.  The  time 

limit  of  eleven  months  does  not  apply  to  the  Brazil  matter.  Mr. 
Insull  will  no  doubt  bring  that  question  up  at  a  Board  meeting 
after  his  return. 

Hoping  the  above  wil  be  satisfactory,  I  remain, 


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Dear  Mr,  Edison: 

'  *  sen*  you  at  Orange ,  thinking  you  would  be  back  there 

today  a  lengthy  report  of  what  took  place  at  the  meeting  of  the 
Executive  Committee  of  the  E.U.P.Co.  on  Saturday,  relating  to 

l  °-al“  touol»«e  the  865  Phonographs.  I  now  learn  from 
„  ,L\t“e  tljat  ycm  w111  remain  at  Schenectady  several  days  lonrer 
No  doubt  Mr.  -jate  will  forward  to  you  my  said  letter-  G 

Very  truly  yours 

,  .  . 


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Dear  Mr-  Edison  : 

I  take  this  opportunity  of  congratulating 
you  upon  the  success  of  the  new  phonograph.  While  im¬ 
provements  will,  no  doubt,  be  made  frm  time  to  time,  still 
I  think  the  present  machine  is  such  that  it  can  be  recommend¬ 
ed  and  will  be  used  largely  for  commercial  purposes. 

I  would  thank  you  to  name  some  day  when  you  could 
come  here  to  meet  some  of  the  Directors,  in  order  to  talk 
over  matters  in  reference  to  the  future.  In  doing  so,  I  wish 
you  would  make  the  appointment  a  few  days  ahead,  so  as  to 
have  our  Philadelphia  friends  with  us. 

I  have  stronger  hopes  than  ever  of  our  future  suc¬ 
cess,  and  it  should  be  the  aim  of  all  of  us  to  work  in  per¬ 
fect  harmony,  to  bring  about  which  I  shall  do  everything  with¬ 
in  my  power. 

Yours,  very 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

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Dear  Mr,  Edison: 

New  York  City,  April  7,  1891. 



T  find  that  it  is  a  fact  that  I  drew 
evory  description,  with  one  trifling  exception, 

.  P.  Co,  All  that  the  other  lawyers  did  was  to 
v.  and  make  a  few  rough  lead  pencil  suggestions-  o 

every  agreement 
relating  to  the 
look  over  my 
n  the  margin. 

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you  will  speak  a  word  in 
good  chance’.  however,  J 
lawyers!  bills. 

to  the  Seligmans'  Friday  night,  I  hope 
favor  of  my  firmls  bill,  if  you  get  a 
suppose  the  talk  will  hardly  extend  to 

Very  truly  yours, 

« ■  m 

We  send  you  by  Express  this  day  31  copies 
of  petitions  cmd  specifications  and  29  copies  of  drawings  used 
by  your  American  patent  attorneys  for  United  States  patents 
on  inventions  made  by  you.  lVe  send  you  these  in  order  that 
you  may  inform  us  at  once  upon  which  of  the  said  inventions 
you  think  it  advisable  for  us  to  take  out  European  patents* 

Of  course ,  patenting  in  Europe  is  exceedingly  expensive  and 
we  do  not  desire  to  go  to  expense  upon  any  of  the  inventions 
which  you  do  not  consider  of  importance * 

Kindly  lot  us  have  your  answer  with  all  possible 
speed  as  your  American  attorneys  are  desirous  of  taking  out 
the  United  States  patents  at  once  and  the  same  must  be  done 
simultaneously  with  the  taking  out  of  patents  in  many  European 

Please  return  us  the  copies  petitions ,  specifica¬ 
tions  and  drawings*  They  are  petitions,  specifications 


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and  drawings  in  cases  Nos .  841,,  84p,  859,  861,  862,  865,  866 , 
868,  869,  878,  879,  881,  882 ,  883,  884,  885,  886,  887,  888, 

889,  890,  891,  892 ,  893,  894,  895,  896,  899,  900,  and  peti- 

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tions  and  specificati  on  scanty'  "i  n  906  and  907, 

Yours,  truly. 

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Your  '-favor  Of  7th  Inst  16  duly  to  hand  with  enclosure, 
from  William  E,  -’flurfis  for  which  htebOpt  OUr  thanks .  V/E;  haVd  no  know¬ 
ledge  of  the  ns  quest  of  the  President  of  Chili  for  a  Phonograph 
and  enclose  you  <a  jfopn  of  reply,  that  we  should  maki  -were  Wo  answer¬ 
ing  Mr.  Curtis  letter,  from  your  Hatter  we  get  the  impression  that 
perhaps  it  would  be  more  .agreeable  for  Ur.  Edison  to  reply  to  this 
letter  himself,  but  should  die  wish  us  to  db  -so  If  you  will  kindly 
advise  us  we  will  forward  the  reply  as  $er  enclosed  copy  referred 

youra  Very  Truly 

u  A  ./4, 




j!M  d S'famv. 

William  E.  Curtis  Esq 
Bureau  of  the 
American  Republics 
Department  of  state 
Washington,  U.  S.  A. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  favor  of  May  1st  has  been  kindly  referred  to  US  by  Mr. 
Edison,  and  in  reply  we  control  the  disposal  and  rights , for  the 
Phonograph,  for  all  countries  except  the  United  State's,  and  Canada 
and  have  no  knowledge  of  the  request  of  his  Excellency  the 
President  of  Chili  for  a  Phonographhand  would  hfe  ‘plb&'Sbd  to  hear 
from  you  further  in  regard  to  the  matter. 

Very  Respectfully  Yours 



I  understand  that  you  have  arranged  to  comply  with  the 
request  of  the  United  States  Minister  at  Santiago,  and  send 
a  phonograph  to  the  President  of  Chili.  I  have  a  letter 
from  Chili,  requesting  that  a  cylinder  should  go  with  the 
instrument,  bearing  a  message  from  Secretary  Blaine.  I 
would  like  to  ask  you  hovr  this  could  be  arranged. 

very  truly  yours, 

•  J/f'Httt.)  {f/r/ivt/i, 

■  ’/7wju,m  *7$, A i,.n,  7tw.7?,rj;,/r„/, 

A,  0.  Tate  Esq 

Private  Secretary 

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Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  are  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  May  19th  with  ■en'cTosures 
as  stated  we  will  write  Mr.  Curtis  that  we  have  .hot  yet  decided  to 
supply  machines  for  South  America/hnd  it  would  not  he  possible  to 
comply  with  the  request  for  a  Phonograph  to  the  University  of  Chili 
at  present  at  least  etc. We  have  received  a  letter  this  morning  .from 
Maurice  Simon  &  Allain  83  Rue  Chariot  jfehis  France,  with  a  .note  at 
the  foot  conveying  his  best  regains  to  Ur*  Edison. 

Soul's  very  truly 

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Hear'  gfi'r  !“■ 

At  &  iheetiing  hi1  ihd  Sbdrd  6f  fldrebtbrs  bf  Edison  United 
Phonograph  Uoritpany  held  Thursday  Way  Vth  1891  it  was  Resolved  that 
this  Company  borrow  <$26000}  Twenty  five  thousand  dollars,  from 

three  parties  as  foliowp* 

International  flraphophono  Company  12500. 

Thomas  Jl. -Bdi  son  s25t), 

fleorge  JJ.  Ooupaud  6250. 

Jfindly  remit  US  your  oliepjc  for  (§6250.)  gix  thousand  two  hundred 
&.  fifty  dollars,  on  regent  pf  Which^wo  will  take  pleasure  in  forward¬ 
ing- the  Comply  ^  Npt?  fpr  the  remount. 

yours  very  truly 


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Mr .  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dea r  Si r  : 

I  have  your  two  letters  of  May  27th, 
and,  in  reference  to  the  application  of  Mr-  E.  Douglas  Archi¬ 
bald,  think  it  would  he  well  for  you  to  reply  to  him  that  you 
have  referred  the  same  to  the  Edison  Ifni  ted  Phonograph  Com¬ 
pany  for  action* 

As  to  the  application  of  Prof*  Barker,  I  suggest 
that  it  be  referred  to  the  Foreign  Committee,  with  a  recommend 
dation  on  our  part  here  that  they  should  grant  the  applica¬ 
tion  as  soon  as  the  new  machines  are  ready  for  de livery* 

I  return  you  herewith,  letter  of  Mr*  Archibald, 
with  the  account  of  the  message  received  from  Sir  George  Grey, 
as  also  letter  of  Professor  Barker* 

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We  have  been  sending  backward  and  forward  through  the  mails 
the  little  cylinders  in  the  small  mailihg  box  to  Europe,  and 
three  of  them  have  just  cofee  Mbk  to  ud  this  fnorhihg,  one  of  them 
is  very  badly  broken  indeed,  ano^v  is  slightly  cracked  on  the  end 
and  the  only  remnant  of  the  third  i*  the  top  of  the  bOxWith  the  tag 
attached, we  have  sent  these  cylinders  to  you  as  we  conclude  you 
would  like  to  know  how  they  carry.  We  will  continue  this  forwarding 
backwards  and  forwards  for  a  time  longerand  will  give  them  a  second 
trial.  We  cannot  imagine  how  it  is  possible  to  break  the  Cylinder 
the  way)  one  of  these  is  broken. 

Yours  very  truly* 


phonograph  dictation. 



(y*/M?(y ’c; n,  mot. 


Major  S.  B.  Eaton, 

Edison  Building,  Broad  Street, 

New  Yoifc  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

At  Mr.  Edison's  request  I  send  to  you  herewith  forty- 
_two_blank  assignments  of  patents,  which  were  sent  to  him  by  the 

M30|ffSraPh  COmpany*  for  execution.  I  also  enclose 
lette^/ith  relation  thereto  received  from  the  Secretary  of  the 
United  Company.  Mr.  Edison  objects  to  executing  these  papers 
without  knowing  what  the  patents  are  which  he  is  asked  to  assign. 

Yours  veiy  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 


Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq 
Orange,  N»  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Enclosed  we  hand  you  42  blank  assignments  of  patents  and 
would  thank  you  to  kindly  affix  your  signature  to  each  one  opposite 
the  seal,  filling  in  the  date.  This  must  be  done  before  a  notary 
public  who  must  sign  as  witness  in  hi3  official  capacity.  Also  you 
will  notice  that  the  word  London,  England.,  has  been  stricken  out 
and  the  words  Hew  Jersey  United. States  of  America  substituted,  -alst> 
the  article  "The"  has  been  stricken  out  in  two  places.  Will  you 
kindly  put  your  initials  in  the  margin  opposite  each  change;  also 
opposite  any  other  changes  particularly  the  numbers  of  patents  at 
the  t6p  where  changed.  We  would  esteem  it  a  favor  if  you  would 
kindly  give  this  your  very  earliest  attention  and  forward  the 
documents  to  us  as  soon  as  signed.  The  assignments  are  required  to 
be  recorded  before  we  can  take  proceedings  to  prevent  the  use  of 

our  machines  in  Australia,  by  others. 

y  rpatont 

These  assignments  were  drawn  by  Mr.  Kingston  your  Australian ^agent 

and  approved  by  Mr,  Hardingham  your  English  patent  -agent. 

Yours  very  truly 

iS.  «■»  v  O 


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J/mtjtal  Mm/t;  PmuUkM 



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4.  0.  Tato  Esq 

Orange,  ‘N*  J« 

bear  Siri1- 


Ml ... 

Referring  to  oar  conversation  on  -Saturday  in 
regard  to  the  jfpur  new  jaadhinete  whibh  y6h  ’stated  you  wohid  kipdJLy 
direct  the  Phonograph  Dorics  Vo  Ship  to  us,  ,.we  thinjc  p?  negleot.pd 
to  request  you  tp  Jcin^Ly  £ayp  them -packed  ready -for  shipment ,  dhd 
marked  for  ,our  JfyxeS&i  tJommittteij  London,  anil  'ahlpjoed  to  this  office 
at  your  early  sofiMsMehie-* 

•yours,  -very  truly, 



Dear  Mr. 


Hew  York  City,  June  I?!,  I89i . 

1o+.  „  A8aicnment  of  42  phonoe raph  patents.  The  annexe 
letter  will  interest  you.  Dyer  &  Seely  have  not  a  sinEle  or,Q  of 

Yoif  ou^ht  *T  S°mf0dy  mU8t  SO  to  the  expense  of  getting  them 
You  ought  not  to  assign  lypatent  without  first  seeing  it.  Am  I 
nght?  / 


44  EDI! 


Coiir-ar'y , 


.t_,  \J> 

l  r  o 

•*  EDIg0]M  -I-  OjOTED  *  PPPG^JPJl  +  COMPLY,  *■ 


Northumberland  Avenue, 

All  Zellers  to  he  addressed  to  the  Company.  Charing  CrOSS,  W.C. 


*/•  /c  .  : 

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^  S?  ^A~AtyS  . 

New  York  City,  Aug.  7th,  189 j. 

+  h,n  +„  m8fnS  0able  t0  Gourau<i  and  ask  him  to  send  for 

this  transfer  immediately .  Ask  him  to  cable  when  he  sends  it 

act  inte11^ icently  without  it,  and  the  whole  thing  is ’of 
enough  importance  to  cable  about.  The  E.U.P.Co.  ought  t^beJr  tha 

l5“e-  -  - 

Very  truly  yours, 

S.B.Eaton  p  A.G.M. 

recently  assigned  certain  English  Phonograph  Patents  to  the 
Edison  United  Phonograph  Company,  X  beg  to  submit  the  following: 

(1)  Gouraud  wrote  you  under  date  of  July  24,1891,  that 
he  had  assigned  to  the  E.U.P.Co.  “the  five  English  Phonograph 
patents  standing  in  his  name";  also  that  he  enclosed  a  copy  of 
said  assignment,  wherein  your  rights  with  regard  to  Dolls,  and 
Speaking  Figures  and  Clocks  were  guarded.  He  did  not  in  fact 
enoDse  the  Baid  copy  of  transfer,  whereupon  Mr.  Tate  cabled  him 
on  the  10th  inst.,  to  mail  them  at  once  and  to  cable  on  doing  so. 
So  far  as  I  have  heard  Gouraud  has  made  no  response. 

(2)  I  advise  that  you  write  a  sharp  letter  to  Gouraud 
calling  his  attention  to  his  omission  to  enclose  copy  of  his 
assignment  of  the  said  five  patents,  and  to  his  omission  to  pay 
any  attention  to  your  cablegram,  and  that  you  ask'thim  to  imme¬ 
diately  forward  you  the  said  copies  of  transfer  of  said  five 
patents.  Until  you  get  it  I  cannot  tell  whether  your  rights  are 
properly  guarded  as  regards  Dolls,  &c . 

(3) 1  further  advise  that  you  write  Gouraud  that  he  had 


no  right  to  transfer  these  patents  to  the  E.U.P.Co.,  but  that  it 
was  his  duty  to  transfer  them  to  you  and  leave  to  you  the  matter 
of  transferring  them  to  the  said  company.  I  think  that  you  ought 
to  instruct  him  that  in  case  there  are  any  other  patents  in  his 
nam0  °yj^hG  name  0f  any  agents*  110  transfer  should  be  made 
without^ written  authority.  You  ought  to  tell  Gouraud  that  you 
are  also  surprised  at  hisfconduct  in  this  regard  and  give  him 
to  understand  that  it  must  not  be  repeated.  Also  ask  him  to 
inform  you  specifically  whether  there  are  any  other  Phonograph 
patents  in  England  or  in  other  countries  whatsoever  standing  in 
his  name,  of  your  inventions. 

(4)  My  experience  in  dealing  with  Gouraud  satisfies 
me  that  the  only  way  to  handle  him  is  with  a  cluh.  A  vigorous 
use  of  a  club  will  bring  him  to  time,  but  nothing  less  will. 

Very  truly  yours, 

pihy  /yr-xysi/  eS/  ao-x^yt^  , 

'  .  y/xy/y^.  /p/yxG  I 

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gUt^y  G^yf^. 




d tyx^JU^  yy  /hspfcyj  /y/LJvJ)  ty<r~yy 

fH\i)f y(lL«y/f-  Ch/b^/&  /bly  - - ~ 

/-y*y v-J  ^yi^/j^ — -Jjt//  /fyG^L-KyyG . 


*fr”‘  EDISON ./+  OjMFl'ED  +  Pfl©P©^PJI  -I*  COjPTTO  *• 


Northumberland  Avenue, 

All  Lrtters  to  he  whlrexml  to  the  Company.  Charing  CrOSS,  W.C. 

UNITED  PHONOGRAPH  Co:  NEW-YORK  dated  I 4th  July  1891. 

Dear  Sirs, 

In  repl; 

to  state  that  none  or 
yet  been  issued.  * 

yet  been  issued.  We  might  state- that  it  haB  hitherto  been^tfae  practice 
v.B-r5SIe+i»e-for®ign  £a?Sa  ~  that  is- the  "long  termed*  countries  filed 
before  the  issuing  of  the  corresponding  United  States  Patents,  but  the 
Oases  should  filed  in  the  short  termed  countries  until* after  the  a 
corresponding  United  States  Patents  have  issued.  You  will  see  therefore  ^ 
that  your  London  people  can  proceed  with  the  fi ling  of  Case  96  in  the  long 
term  countries  but  you  should  let  us  know  so  soon  as  the  foreign  Cases 
have  been  filed  in  order  that  the  United  States  Oases  are  not  necessarily  , 
delayed  from  issuing.  ! 

Yours  truly, 

(Signed)  DYER  &  SEELY. 


New  York  City,  Sep.  3,  I89X. 

Dear  Mr.  Tate: 

*55  :Ms£“2sr  *  i«~ 

Please  *««.*»,  lett„  „„  wit„. 

Colonel  George  E.  Gouraud: 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  latter  of  the  I3th  ult .  was  received  with  en¬ 
closures.  I  regret  that  you  and  Mr.  Hardingham  assigned  these 
patents  without  first  getting  my  consent  ,  and  really  do  not  think 
that  you  had  any  right  to  do  so.  I  note  that  you  retain  the  righfJ’ 
for  dolls  &c.  in  yourselves^ and  I  shall  soon  send  you  a  form  of 
assignment  transferring  them  to  me. 

Please  do  not  assign  or  allow  to  be  assigned  any 
other  patents  or  inventions  of  mine  without  first  getting  my  *%■ 

witten  oonsent. 

Kindly  acknowledge  receipt  of  this  letter,  so  that  1 
X  may  know  you  received!  t,  and  oblige, 

Very  tmly  yours, 


-187/ C 

My  dear  Mr*  Edison  . 


I  have  been  trying  for  .s ante - time  ’ to  have, , 
you  come  to  the  office  of  the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Cb* , 
for  the  purpose  of  consulting  with  you  as  to  the  affairs  of 
the  Company  and  other  matters,  but  have  always  been  informed 
that  you  were  unable  to  find  time  to  do  so*  Your  interest , 
jointly  with  ours  and  that  of  our  friends,  ts  so  very  large 
that  I  do  hope  that  you  will  find  time  to  pay  a  Utile  more 
attention  to  the  affairs  of  this  Company*  J  am  desi  rous  O  f 
having  a  meeting  at  an  early  day  next  week*  Will  you  be  good: 
enough  to  appoint  a  day  and  hour  agreeable  to  you.  So  that  $ 
can  inform  our  Philadelphia  f Heeds  and  the  other  id  motors 
to  be  present* 

Trusting  that  this  may  meet  you  in  good  health,  i- ' 

hh\  Thomas  -  A*  Edison, 

Orange,  N,  <& 

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Orange,  N.  J.?  ^ V^C 

Dear  Sir:-  #“  ^  SS  1G3i  ^ 

Ans'd'ZjL'ffi  ~2-<£^ia  *>j/ 

We  wish  to  have  our  Mexican  Patents  iss^d  as  soon  as 
possible,  and  have  written  Messrs  Dyer  &  Seely  as  follows: 

“Will  you  kindly  confer  with  Mr  Edison  in  regard  to  the  application 
for  the  Mexican  Patents  CASES  #84,  85,  86,  87,  88,  90,  and  91. 

We  would  like  to  have  thase  patents  issued  atonce  as  well  as  the 
later  Cases„your  kind  and  prompt  attention  will  very  much  oblige.- 
We  would  be  obliged  if  you  would  kindly  give  this  your 
kind  attention. 

2-6  1S3  / 

Your s  very  truly. 


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JHomaa  A;/‘>;Edi&oh  Estf- 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

We  beg  to  submit  to  youa  eritioism  received  from  our 
Foreign  Committee  in  which  you  may  feel  sane  interest,  they  write 
as  follows 

Automatic  Phonographs • - 

SLOT  ATTACHMENT  Our  expet  suggests  that  as  theyeare  so  many  coins 
^enny  and  foreign)  much  worn  by  usage,  the  lever  that  opens  the 
circuit  should  be  of  full  sizevviz-  full  width  of  slot  channel  to 
admit  of  a  coin  half  thickness  of  fhll  size  coin  working  it,  other 
levers  in  proportion.  Could  it  be  so  arranged  that  the  slot 
attachment  would  return  coins  which  might  b#  below  haXf  size  as 
above?  The  Automatic  machines  should  be  supplied  with  Lock  bolts 
to  save  time.? 

nWe  quote  from  a  letter  from  our  Foreign  Oonmittee  dated 
September  9th  as  follows^* 

•Our  expert  reports  that  the  sfaeek  that  takes  plane  at  the  begining 
of  the  cylinder  by  the  diaphragm  aim  dropping,  is  not  only  dis- 
sgreeable  to  ths  listerner  but  also  yerjr  detrimental  to  the  record 




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Jesse  Seligman  Esq., 
Mills  Building, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

At  a  meeting  of  the  Board  of  Directors  of  Edison  United 
Phonograph  Company,  held  in  the  Mills  Building,  Friday  September 
I8th,  1891,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted,  to  wit:- 

Mr.  Seligman  stated  to  the  meeting  that  he  expected  to  sail 
for  Europe  in  a  short  time,  and  the  policy  of  this  Company  was 
discussed,  as  outlined  ahd  adopted  by  the  Executive  Committee  at  a 
meeting  held  April  24th,  1891,  and  adopted  and  approved  at  a  meet¬ 
ing  of  the  Board  of  Directors  held  May  7th,  1891. 

On  motion  of  Mr.  Dolan  duly  seconded  it  was  resolved  that  this 
policy  be  adhered  to,  but  that  a  copy  of  said  Resolution  bo  handed 
to  Mr  Seligman  with  full  power  in  the  conduct  of  the  matter. 

We  therefore  beg  to  hand  you  copy  of  said  Resolution  and  to  advise 
you  that  our  Board  will  be  pleased  to  accept  your  kind  suggestion 
to  give  the  matter  of  the  fulfillment  of  the  said  policy  adopted 
for  foreign  countries,  your  personal  attention  while  abroad,  and  we 

hereby  give  you  full  power  to  act  for  this  Company  in  the  premises, 
Approved  Yours  very  truly 

Thomas  Cochran  (Signed.)  G.  N.  Moris  on 

President.  Secretary. 



Extract  Srora  Minutes  of  Meeting  of  Executive  Commitjte 
held  Friday  April  24th,  1891, 

Colonel  Gouraud  was  called  upon  to  express  his  views  a  i 
after  consulting  with  others  in  rwgard  to  exploiting  the  Comp  jap 
Company's  business  as  follows 

That  Phonographs:  should  be  sold  only  to  Companies  formed  fori 
the  principle  countries  of  Europe  and  so  forth,  and  that  thes(i» 
Companies  should  be  restricted  in  the  Agreements  from  selling1 
Phonographs  within  say  two  years  of  the  date  of  their  formation 
in  order  to  prevent  Phonographs  sold  to  them  being  so  dispose|d 
of  as  to  find  their  way  into  other  parts  of  this  Company's  j 

He  further  reoommended  that  the  first  Company  to  be  ibrmed 
should  be  for  the  United  Kingdom  of  Great  Britain,  That  prior 
to  the  issue  of  suoh  a  Company  to  the  public,  whether  by  way 
of  public  issue  or  private  placing  of  the  shares,  that  the  ! 

whole  country  should  be  mapped  out  into  agencies,  to  cover  j 

speoifi*  distroits;  an  agent  to  be  appointed  in  every  town,  anl 
the  consideration  of  such  appointment  to  be  an  agreement  by  the 

Agent  in  each  case,  to  be  responsible  to  the  Company  for  the 


rental  of  a  minimum  number  of  Machines,  both  for  Commercial 


and  amusement  purposes,  as  regards  the  Blot  machine.  And  that 
simultaneously  with  such  appointment  of  Agent,  a  payment  should 
be  made  of  a  given  percentage  of  the  Baid  minimum  rentals. 

That  at  the  same  time  the  agent  should  bind  himself  to  pur- 
ihape  within  say  the  first  year  of  his  agreement,  a  given  number 
|!  of  Phonographs,  at  a  given  price,,  provided  the  policy  of  the 
i  Company  be  so  determined  within  that’ time  as  to  provide  fbr  the 
sale  of  Pho nog raphs out r i ght .  That  at  the  same  time  each  ageJt 
should  give  an  estimate  of  the  number  off-  machines,  he  thinks 
he  thinks  he  can  sell  in  his  territory  within  that  time;  this 


latter  provision  would,  only  be  important  as  showing  the  aggrj- 
gate  amount  of  business  which  the  total  number  of  agents  thus 
appointed  would  indicate  as  probable  for  the  parent  Company,  j 
These  agency  contracts  should  provide,  as  regards  first  ! 
delivery  of  Machines,  so  that  all  the  agents  thus  appointed  j 
should  be  supplied  with  some  minimum  number  of  machines,  the  ! 
same  time  or  as  nearly  so  as  possible;  and  deliveries  should j 
he  so  arranged,  so  that  no  machines  should  pass  from  the  eon-* 
trol  of  this  Company  until  the  sale  of  our  rights  to  the  Bn 
Bnglish  Company  was  finally  effected.  Generally  speaking  it  jis 
thought  desirable  that  these  new  Phonograph*  should  be  controlled 
by  this  Company,  until  companies  are  formed  for  the  principle 
countries,  in  order  to  prevent  maohines  being  improperly  used, 
to  the  prejudice  of  this  Company’s  interests. 

The  Committee  concurred  entirely  in  these  views. 

(Signed.}  G.  N.  Morieon, 

Secretary,  j 




On  motion  of  Mr  Dolan  seconded  by  Mr.  Edison  it  was 
Resolved  that  the  General  policy  of  this  Company  in  regard  toj 
exploiting  its  business,  and  introducing  its  Phonographs  into! 
Poreign  Countries,  as  outlined  and  duly  recorded  at  a  meeting! 
of  the  Executive  Dommittee  held  Friday  April  24th,  1891  be  ank 
is  hereby  adopted  and  approved  by  this  Boardo 

(Signed. - 

G.  N.  Morison. 



Oct.  2,  189 i. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Dear  Sir: 

Referring  to  Colonel  Gouraud's  letter  to  you  of  tho 
I7th  ult.  explaining  why  he  assigned  your  certain  phonograph  patent 
to  the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Company,  he  states  that  "everybody" 
was  of  the  opinion  that  this  act  was  indispensable  for  the  protec¬ 
tion  of  the  Company's  interests.  Either  Gouraud  or  the  E.U.P.Co! 
here  is  wrong  about  this,  for  the  latter  informed  me  in  writing 
that  they  were  instructed  from  London  that  these  patents  need  not 
be  assigned  for  the  protection  of  the  Company's  interests  touching 
the  suits  in  question. 

However,  is  it  worth  while  to  write  Gouraud  again? 
You  have  entered  your  complaint  and  he  has  acknowledged  the  receipt 
of  the  letter,  and  has  justified  his  action  as  well  as  he  could. 

He  will  not  repeat  the  act,  so  1  suggest  that  we  drdip  the  subject, 
if  agreeable  to  you. 

Very  truly  yours. 


_  , — ,  T  Y  EDISON  BUILDING  J 


OCl  8-1391  ,  ^/'i'«,^'/'/'^  Oct1  6,  1891, 

teV - - - 7# 

Thomas  A,  Edison,  Esq,, 

Orange ,  New  Jersey.  ^CEI 

OCT  8 1891  , 

Dear  Sir:  Ant'd- 9/ 

Referring  to  your  favor  of  the  29th.  ult.,  enclosing  copy 
of  a  letter  which  you  had  received  from  Colonel  Gouraud,  in  regard 
to  his  Assignment  of  certain  Phonograph  Patents  to  the  Edison 
United  Phonograph  Conpany,  I  beg  to  state  that  I  have  prepared  the 
necessary  forms  of  Assignment  by  Colonel  Gouraud  and  Mr.  Harding- 
ham  to  you  of  the  right  for  dolls,  toys,  toy  figures  and  clooks 
under  the  above  named  patents.  I  have  this  day  written  to  Colonel 
Gouraud  with  these  two  Assignments,  and  have  asked  him  to  have  the 
same  executed  and  registered  in  the  Patent  Office,  and  also  send 
certified  copy  to  me  for  your  files. 

When  this  is  all  done,  your  rights  as  to  dolls  etc,  will 
be  fully  protected. 

Trusting  this  will  be  satisfactory,  I  remain 

Very  truly  yours, 


C£  or  B|  POST  OFFICE  |§|g|||  TELEGRAPHS.  6  rV? 

jjjiwi|  Foreign  and  Colonial  Telegrams.  ^  ’ 

Dated  from  L  DE  FRANKFURT  MAIN.  108  20  26/ 10  7  10 

®»1he . /Orn/  at  b.  m.  " 

Service  Instructions 

Bocoived  by  me"l _ Z . -A  .')  Telograi 

on  Instrument  J  ,Ur 

Sent  or  sent  out  at;  , _  Ty 


=  MORI  ARTY/  PH  OHC^, .  v -J3w L  0  N  D  0  N'.'.f;  f  A  TH  E.R .  1HE.RE.:  W  A  NT  S.  f _ 


"RS-CEI ^  ^  w^w(EDISoN 

::^,s  i 

euoe™s  mus^ca//  riP-v 

/^'  ^y>^_j)ac  .  7 ,  1891. 

Thomas  A,  Edison,  Esq,, 

laboratory,  Orange,  New  Jersey, 

Re  Assignment  of  Colonial  Patents  to  E.  U.  P,  Co,  Referr¬ 
ing  to  the  42  Assignments  to  the  E,  U.  P.  Co.  of  Colonial  patents, 
which  you  executed  at  the  laboratory  last  week,  Mr,  Meadoworoft 
delivered  to  me  your  message  to  the  effect  that  I  Bhould  deliver 
the  same  to  the  E,  U.  P,  Co.  only  on  the  execution  and  delivery 
by  them  of  the  licenses  to  you  to  use  these  patents  in  connection 
with  dolls  etc. 

I  find  that  the  documents  which  you  executed  reserve  to 
you  the  right  to  use  such  patents  for  such  purposes.  The  language 
of  the  documents  is  as  follows: 

"  "Now  I  ,  the  said  Thomas  Alva  Edison,  by  this  Assign¬ 
ment  under  my  hand  and  seal  do  hereby  assign  the  said  letters 
"Patent  with  all  rights  therein  contained,  except  the  right 
"to  use  the  same  in.  or  in  connection  with  dollB,  toys,  toy 
"figures,  and  clocks,  to  the  said  E.  U.  P,  66-,,  their  success¬ 
ors  appointees  and  assigns". 

Inasmuch,  therefore  6s  the  right  has  been  reserved  by  yovtj 
there  .will  be  no  necessity  of  taking  back  a  license  from  the 

E.  U.  P.  Oo.,  in,  fact  they  could  not  give  you  a  license,  as  -the 
night  to  use  the  patents  foh  dolls  etc,  does  not  vest  in  thetn, 

I  have  therefore  to  deliver  to  them  the  42  Assignments  executed 
by  you. 

Trusting  the  above  will  be  satisfactory,  I  remain 

1891.  Phonograph  -  Foreign  -  Frazar  &  Company  (D-91-50) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
phonograph  sales  agencies  in  China  and  Japan.  Included  are  letters  about  the 
shipment  of  phonograph  supplies  to  China  and  Japan  and  an  agency  for 
nickel-in-the-slot  phonographs  in  Japan.  All  of  the  letters  are  by  Everett 
Frazar,  Edison’s  phonograph  agent  in  China  and  Japan. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed. 




New  York,  Jan’y  7th,  1891. 

/oj  ifr?/'  ^ 

A  0.  Tate  Esq.  , 
Dear  Sir: 




</  -  '  •  • 

tP  >  " 

You  will  recall  a  quantity  of  about,  2,000  blank  cylinders 
which  I  secured  and  shipped  out  to  my  China  house.  Now,  to  my 
gory  great  surprise,  they  write  me  saying  that,  as  these  cylin¬ 
ders  areof  a  larger  size  they  will  not  fit  the  brass  holder  and 
are,  consequently,  of  no  use.’  In  view  of  this,  they  think  that 
the  Edison  people  should  take  them  back  and  refund  cost,  freight 
and  charges.  Will  you  kindly  say  what  you  would  propose  to  do  in 
such  a  case?  This  is  the  first  intimation  E  have  had  the  cylin¬ 
ders  were  made  of  different  sizes,  and  you  will  appreciate  what 
an  annoying  position  we  are  placed  in,  after  all  this  trouble  and 
expense.  I  sincerely  hope  that  you  can  help  mo  out  in  thiB  as 
the  Shanghae  house  look  to  me  for  an  adjustment  of  the  matter,  and 
the  fault  is  in  no  way  attributable  to  us,  as  the  goods  were  paoked 
at  the  Phono.  Works  and  not  opened  until  received  in  Chine, 

Tours  very  truly, 





124  WATER  ST.  -  _  -  ,  . 

NSW  YORK,  Jta’y  12th«  1891. 


V  .V  •  •  ' 

A.  0.  Tate  Esq. 

^  0  r  a  n  g 

4v^Da" slr: 


\o  Will  you  please 

as  suggested,  eu 


to  your  favor  of  the  10th  inst.  re.  phono,  cylinders 

express  to  thiB  offioe  the  25  extra  rubber  shells, 

^  ^  purposes. 

Yours  very  troly^-~^rx 






124  WATER  ST. 

New  York,  Jan'y  2lst,  189&. 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq.  i 

Dear  Sir: 

Some  time  ago  I  saw  one  of  the  phonograph  slot  machines  in 
the  Astor  House,  and,  upon  advising  my  Yokohama  house  of  the  na¬ 
ture  of  this  instrument,  they  Bay  that  they  would  like  one  for  use 
in  the  hotel  at  Yokohama  and  have  sent  me  as  a  sample  the  Japan¬ 
ese  nickel  ooin  which  would  be  used  in  connection  with  same. 

Will  you  please  tell  me  where  I  can  procure  one  of  these  machines 
and  arrange  to  have  it  made  to  conform  to  the  coin  herewith, and 
oblige.  I  would  also  like  to  know  the  net  cost  of  8ame« 

Yours  very  truly, 





124  WATER  ST. 

New  York,  Jan’y  21st,  1891. 

A.  0.  Tate  Esq., 


Dear  Sir: 

Referring  to  my  recent  letter  regarding  the  shipment  in  Sept, 
of  about  2,000  blanks  to  Shanghae,  I  have  a  further  letter  of  com¬ 
plaint  from  my  Shae.  house  which  would  seem  to  indicate  that  the 

25  shells  which  you  recently  advised  were  shipped  with  the  above, 
did  not  come  to  hand,-  at  least  I  am  led  to  suppose  so  as  no  men¬ 
tion  is  made  of  anythirg  but  the  cylinders.  Attached  you  will 
find  a  packing  ticket  returned  by  my  house  which  shows  that  the 
goods  were  put  up  by  Mr.  E.  lyon  and  checked  by  Mr.  A.  Bray. 

You  recently  stated  that  without  doubt  the  shells  went  forward. 
Will  you  do  me  the  favor  to  question  both  these  men  and  see  if 
they  can  substantiate  this?  Unfortunately,  as  I  did  not  receive 

any  invoice  or  shipping  list  and  the  goods  were  not  unpacked  here 
I  am  not  in  a  position  to  s  ay  whether  or  not  the  Bleeves  wont  ., 

Do  you  not  think  it  might  be  well,  in  view  i>f  the  possible  non¬ 
receipt  of  them  to  send  a  few  in  addition  to  the  25  recently  sent 
to  Yokohama  for  forwarding?  My  Shanghai  house  adviseB  that.ow- 
Ing  to  the  trouble  with  these  cylinders,  some  of  the  phonographs 
already  sold,  but  not  paid  for,  are  o toning  hack  to  their  hands, 
which  means  trouble  and  loss  to  us* 

Your  early  reply  will  oblige, 

Yours  very  truly, 



/  C  /  * 



Examine  packing  carefully,  as  in  most  cases  where  shortage  is  reported, 
the  missing  articles  are  subsequently  found  in  the  packing. 


f  •  O.  Box  3593. 


3Vew  York  City. 


FRAZAR  &.  00.,  YOKOHAMA, 



124  WATER  ST. 

New  York,  ^Tan'y  23rd,  1891. 

•  A.  -0.  Tate  lEsq. , 

Dear  *Sirj 

I  have  your  favor  of  the  22nd  inst.  regarding  tte  shells 
shipped  tq  BhangJiae,  y  I  note  your  statement  that  you  explained 
this  matter  in  your  letter  of  the.  10th  inst.  This  is  not  the 
point;  1  had  in  mind  when  speaking  to  ypu  over  the  telephone.  ,  We 
ought  to  have  had  particulars  regard/the  sleeves,  not  on  Jan'y  10th 

■  but  away  back  in  Sept,,  when  the  shipment  left  here.  I  had  not 
forgotten  about  your  letter  of  JTan'y  10th,  but  had  covered  it  in 
my  last  mail  to  Shanghae.  The /whole  trbuble  has  been  caused  by 

■  lack  of  proper  advice  :at  the  .Start. 

/  Yours  very  truly, 





124  WATER  ST.  < 

New  York,  Peb*y  28th,  1891* 

A.  <J*  Tata  Ea^. 

Private  Sec'y. 
0  **  a_n  6,a*- 


J-iiaya  to  thank;  you  for  your  favor  of  Jan‘y  26th  in  answer 
to  mine  of  the  21st  idem*  wherein  I  made  application  for  a  nickel 
in  the  slot  machine  (phonograph)  to  be  sent  to  Hokohana  and  note 
that  Mr.  Edison  is  unable  to  fill  this  ordar^at  present,  at  least* 
Wi?.l  you  kindly  return  to  me  the  nickel  sent  in  my  letter  *  that  1 
may  use  same  in  case  I  open  up  this  business*  aa  I  expeet  to, 
with  Mr.  Seligmann? 

^ Y 

Yours  very  truly, 

.ytirvMX  May  5th,  : 

My  dear  Mr. Tate: 

My  Yokohama  partner,  Mr.  Lindsley,  is  put  to  hiB  wits  end  to 

supply  a  call  for  a  lot  of  phono,  blank  cylinders  and  he  writes  me 
on  April  15th  begging  that  Mr.  Tate  will  let  him  have  a  few  hund¬ 
red  of  same  packed  in  a  box  and  sent  to  my  Office,  to  be  expressed 
out  as  soon  as  possible.  Will  you,  therefore,  please  have  500 
blanks  packed  in  one  box  and  sent  to  my  office  privately  as  booh  as 
you  can  and  I  will  forward  same.  Please  do  this  as  having 
sold  a  limited  number  of  phonographs  to  people  in  Japan  we  oannot 
do  such  an  unmercantils  thing  as  to  refuse  to  Bupply  parts  requi¬ 
site  to  make  the  machines  of  practical  use*  -We  oannot,  of  course, 
accept  any  excuses  whatever  in  such  a  matter  and  I  know  you  will 
appreciate  our  position* 

Believe  me, 


A.  0*  Tate  Bsq«, 




and  steamship  lines. 

/ v-  t  C  ^  -j 

A,  b,  T«te  iBeq., 




124  WATER  ST. 

New  York, 

Hay  nth,  J891. 


//*,/-  /  j  fyyi  fCt'&lt  C-ts-e.>-it*£ 

v  ifc  Ufcc^f- 

yi*C'£piAsts<^ . 

Referring  to  my  previous  request  for  500  blank  cylinders; 

I  would  like  to  increase  the  quantity  to  1,000,  as,  without  theses 
in  hand  the  phonographs  already  in  Japan  oould  not,  after  *  while, 
be  used,  I  learn  that  you  may  be  tack  at  thj  laboratory  tomorrow 
and  trust  you  oann  arrange  to  ship  at  am  e,  as  they  will  have  to 

i®  *°  "“f1*1  wlthln  the  next  t»o  or  three  days  to  connect  with 
be  ^de  w!  TJZ0aarf  l°f  *U1  ttnders^an<i  that  unless  this  Jhi^t 
J!d  ,  ,Uu  helpless  w^th  our  machines.  Pie  we  telephone  a 

and  X  will  give  shipping  instructions.  ^ri — 




124  WATER  ST. 

New  York,  June  11th,  1891'. 

A.  0.  Tate  Esq.,  / 


Dear  Sir:  / 

Will  you  please  ship  at  once  to  the  "Dora  Forster, »  East 
Oentral  Pier,  Atlantic  Basin,  Brooklyn,  the  balance  of  the  phono¬ 
graph  cylinders  recently  ordpited  by  Yokohama?  1  enclose  blank  re- 
wi?t  which  please  have  fill/d  put  and  return  to  me  after  delivery 
Vou  will  not  require  ship’s/permit  as  J  will  send  ohe  diroot*. 
Kindly  ship  at  once,  and  oblige, 

1891.  Phonograph  -  North  American  Phonograph  Company  - 
General  (D-91-51) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  North  American  Phonograph  Co.  Some  of  the  documents 
pertain  to  a  note  for  $68,575  owed  to  Edison  by  Jesse  Lippincott,  president  of 
the  company.  Other  items  concern  a  proposed  suit  against  the  company  by 
Edison  and  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works;  a  controversy  over  the  exhibit  of 
phonographs  in  Canada;  and  the  payment  of  taxes  owed  by  the  company  to  the 
State  of  New  Jersey.  Many  of  the  letters  are  by  Thomas  R.  Lombard,  vice 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine  business 
correspondence  regarding  sales  and  service;  routine  circulars  to  local  sales 
companies;  letters  of  acknowledgement;  duplicate  copies  of  selected  documents. 


JPhe  ^©Pfeh  Jlmepiean  IPhQrpgpapfy  G©., 

and  Jesse  1.  Iiippin<§©fefe,  §©le  Iiieensee  ®f.  fehe 

Jlmephsan  Spaph®ph®i^e  G©., 

160,  162  &  164  BROADWAY, 

•IHe-w  TJork, ......  . Jan.  Oth. _ ISC)  1. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Orange ,  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison, 

7„,  7 n°te  t0  you  for  $G8>5?5.  and  interest  from 

October  1st,  1889,  comes  due  this  week.  I  would  like  to  net 
-L°™ h/-° \exberi:d  ib  until  the  10th  of  dmmcppy  J^I  would  no 
d£?J+inaVe  bten SJ1  a  P°sibion  bo  have  made  a  very  large  re- 

lt’  ij  JJ  had  nob  heen  for  the  'injunction  obtained 
US  Preve™bing  us  from  selling  phonographs.  This 
fimrfc  hanUJU  IJut  J'he  Norbh  American  Phonograph  Company  in 
mmnV  7  d  bJ\ey  owe  me  about  bhe  womb  of  this  note,  it 
reduction.  **’  °S  1  hQVe  Said’  b°  make  a  considerable 

hha  *Wiy  does  notMaj.  Eaton  join  hands  with  Mr.  Bush 
« 'lon°f  bhis  suit?  Mr.  Tomlinson  is  the 
ott^2/°rJ:hly.0bher  Slde‘  and  pled  bheir  case  in  court  the 
°bbf.!l  By  ths.way  there  is  no  longer  any  reason,  so  far 

verfectlv  i°V  rf*2?y  tn  bhe  TomHnson  suit.  V/e  are 

you  please.111 *  9  V°U  should  9°  ahead  on  that  as  soon  as 

Mni  y°U  9ive  Mr*  Lombard  a  memorandum  to 

Toth.  no  >  and  bhe  sbook  opbion  b0  July 

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Now  York  City,  January  11,1891. 

Rear  Mr.  Edison: 

..  Re  Lipi>incott  Note.  T^is  Mote  was  die  vesterdav 

^n:r5^;aid^Prt.:as^^3  a~  - 

^  ShOT0':1  ne  ****  of  the^th  InTu  To 

•"  copy!  wherein  you  consented  thereto.  I  already  had  a 

Pm-  +i>o  *  a-  A™  1  t0  take  the  naw  Note  at  once,  v/ithout  wait  inr 
fwti  secu^tT3,8  ^  agroomont  as  to  old  ac counts f 

7th  n  t,'”ifCT,I-maiWOn0:i  in  your  instructions  to  me  of  the 

I  tJTtl  TT  lnSlSt  0n  their  makinS  .the  agreement  before 

t  11  th®  th  %  '!,e  val1  not  oxtend  it  to  July  I  inless  the 
said  agreement  is  all  fixed  up  before  March  Ibth? 

I  thought  from  our  talk  on  Thursday  that  I  was  to 
he  llh  TWte  fy^ion  I  have  done)  and  not  take  the  new  Mote 

iilZT,  IT,  relatinc  t0  the 

for  Bush  and  I  STt  t^  f°* 

roster dav  in  vour  °f  H*A‘P*0°*  1  forfeited  this  stock 

O  y  behalf,  and  notified  Bush  and  Lippincott  by  lot- 

X’ut^o".13 i  mJU?. 

.  .  .  Please  excuse  r rinted  signature.  I  shall  not  be 

hie  tjG  revise  this  before  it  is  mailed.  I  send  a  copy  to  Mr. 

Very  truly  yours, 
S  B. Eat  on. 

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Thomas  A  Edison,  Nqq. 

j  Re  Lippincott  Note.  By  invitation,  I  met 

■;  Mr,  Lippincott  and  Hr.  Bush  at  the  latters  office  today, 
and  the  following  took  place: 

•i  (1)1  told  Mr.  L.  that  you  would  not  carry  out 

what  you  wrote  him  in  your  letter  of  the  7th  inst.  about 
/>  extending  his  Mote;  because  you  had  since  seen  the  con- 
_  tracts  of  August  6th,  1388,  with  the  graphophone  Co.,  £c 
I  told  him  that  you.  must  have  better  security,  and  that 
"  until  it  was  all  arranged  satisfactorily  you  would  not 
extend  the  Mote. 

(2)  Mi?.  Bush  stated  that  he  personally  told 
/  you  about  the  obnoxious  contracts  with  the  Graphophone 
1  Company,  when  they  were  made.  He  says  he  remembers  it 
'jV“'  distinctly.  He  states  that  he  told  L.  afterwards  that  he 
had  told  you  about  these  contract,  and  that  Lippincott 
expressed  his  regret,  because  he  wanted  to  tell  you  him- 
v  self  in  order  that  he  might  make  proper  explanation  when 
-  telling  you.  L.  States  that  he  afterwards  talked  the 
matter  over'with  you.  They  both  state  that  the  ob- 
noxious  contracts  were  re  ad  to  Mr.  Insull  who  was  then 
acting  as  yovir  authorized  agent,  and  that  he  expressed 
his  regret  at  the  provisions  allowi  g  the  Graphophone 
Company  to  agquire  your  patents,  & c.  Lippincott  and 

Bush  are  very  positive  of  the  above,  absolutely  so. 

(3)  Much  to  my  surprise  Lippincott  showed  me  a 
lead  pencil  addition  placed  at  the  bottom  of  your  letter 
to  him  of  the  7th  inst.  He  said  you  wrote  it  there  when 
he  saw  you  at  the  Laboratory  on  Wednesday  last,  the  21st 
inst.  You  did  not  mention  this  at  our  conference  on 
Wednesday  night.  The  said  mem.  is  as  follows: 

"Phono.  Wks. account  to  be  made  up  to  Jan. 1891 
"according  to  contract.  Experimental  account  same- 
"notes  given  for  sa m$  1.2  and  3  years  5  p.c.  secured 
"by  N.Y.  &  North  Amer.  Co.  stock-  Renew  Note  until 
"July  1st  1891-  all  things  furnished  by  factory  afte 
1st  jany.9I  to  be  cash  60  days,  but  on  things  paid 
"for  by  notes. When  we  get  cash  60  days,  credit  it  on 
"notes ." 

In  this  mem.  you  have  defined  cash  to  mean 
60  days,  which  was  news  to  me. 

Tn  vrair  1  #»+.+.  n 

you  promised  to  extend  the  note.  Your  lead  pucil  mem. 
made  on  the  bottom  of  that  letter  on  the  21st  inst.  is 
practically  a  ratification.  .  There  is  no  doubt  that  in 
lav/  they  can  compel  you  to  extend  the  note  until  March 
I5th.  The  only  ground  on  which  I  had  hoped  to  avoid 
this  was  because  they  h  ad  suppressed  important  facts 
from  yov.  intentionally,  viz:  the  existence  of  those  two 
agreements  of  August  6,  1883,  with  the  International 
Gi-aphophone  Company.  But  this  would  be  poor  ground 
to  stand  on  in  view  of  the  fact  that  Lippincott  and  Bush 
will  both  swear  that  they  discussed  these  particular 
contracts  with  you.  Your  denial  would  not  counter¬ 
balance  their  two  posrtive  assertions  in  that  regard. 
Their  posi  ion  would  be  even  more  stronger  if  Insull 
remembers  that  he  knew  of  the. said  contracts.  My  advise 
3  to  y°u  is  that  you  cannot,  forfeit  the  collateral  securi- 

'•  thG  R-P.Co.  Stock)  for  non  payment  of  the  J.ippincott 

t'\-  Mote,  until  after  March  15.  You  are  bound  by  your  pro- 

'  mise  to  extend  the  note  until  that  time,  and  you  cannot, 

"  act  contrary  to  that  promise  for, the  consideration  was 

sufficient  t.o  make  the  promise  binding,  viz:  the  proposed 
^  V~-  mutual  agreements  to  adjust  accounts. 

*  usked  Mr.  L,  what  better  security  he  could 

'  |v1  !  sive,  in  place  of  the  proposed  N.A.P.Co,  stock.  He  says 

V.  ;vj  that  lie  has  over  a  million  dollars  of  stocks  in  the  fol- 

lowing  local  companies: 

j;  ~  Ohio,  Kentucky,  Tennessee,  Missouri,  Wisconsin, 

~  j  Florida,  Georgia,  Alabama,  Colorado  and  Utah,  Kansas 

><  1  C  \  Fast  Pennsylvania. 

^  Y  V.  These  stocks  we  -e  received  by  L.  as  profit  in 

promotion  and  they  are  now  h^Ld  by  the  H.A.P.Co.  The  e 
— ^  \  was  525»000  in  stock  in  ..the  District  of  Columbia  Company 

i  j  but  it  is  in  trust  along  w'itli:  all.  other  stocks.  They  are 

1  ?  S.  all  tied  up  in. trust,.  said, his.. people  would  not  be 

v*  willing  to  give  you  the  machines  as  collateral  security, 

^  ^  nor  the  renewals.  He  said  that  he  could  give  some  stock 

.  ■*  .J}  J in  ihe  Hew  York  Company,  but- not  much. 

^  $ 

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:k;^i  (®)  ]je  says  that  the.  total  amounts  due  you  and  the 

w°rks  will  not  altogether  amount  to  $I5q000.  He  wants 


^  ,  you  to  hurry  up  and  submit  those  accouK'firT'''- A 
-LV!!16  tliereof  are  Finally  fixed,  hi  wi 

5  pros 
*  Co .  s 

As  soon  £ 

^  ■  .  - ,  will  give  you 

the  best  security  he  can,  the  pres/ent  he  cannot 

^promise  anything  better  thari.H.  A.P.Co.  stock,  also 
stocks  in  the  above  local  companies,? 

_^the  New  York  Company. 

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(7)1  shall  be  away  tomorrow  on  business.  Pleas 
^send  me  word  by  Monday  what  I  shall  do.  Inasmuch  as 
/  you  oannot  sue  on  w*s  Wote  or  forfeit  the  collateral  untl 
j  after  March  I5th,  it  seems  to  me  that  you  might  as  well 
extend  the  Mote.  In  that  case  I  would  make  a  new  agreo- 
,  ment  as  regards  the  security,  the  same  as  the  old  one, 
vj  merely  changing  January  10,  to  March  15  .  Then  J  can 
f'  G?  an  and  fix  W  the  accounts .  Lippincott  and  Kush  dis- 
\  \  tmctly  state  that  this  will  be  satisfactory  to  theip,  and 
*  \that  they  wil1  leave  the  question  of  extending  the  Mote 
ter  March  15  errfcirely  to  future  developments. 

i  (8)  1.  called  particular  attention  to  your  con¬ 

tract  of  August  I,  I8SS,  relating  to  your  experiments. 

You  agreed  to  charge  no  profit  for  yourself  or  for  any 
J  J  of  your  companies  as  regards  the  cost  of  experimenting. 

\  he  Ranted  me  to  call  the  attention  of  the  man  who  will 
v  \  mak;e  yp  the  accounts  to  this  "revision. 



4^  Hi 

Very  j^£uly  yours, 

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The  ^©pfeh  Jlmepiean  ^heipgpapfy  G©., 

and  Jesse  §.  IiippiRG©t&,  §©Ie  liieensee  ©fl  fehe 

PmepiGan  0paph©ph©^e  G©., 

160,  162  &  164  BROADWAY, 

IKew  TJorlc,_ . vekruary-JL^A  89  1  • 

The  New  Jersey  Phonograph  Co., 
Newark,  N.  J. 

Gentlemen:  - 

Until  further  notice  address  all  goods  and  machines 
to  be  returned  ( except  phono  graph- graphophones)  to  us  at 
#  14  &  16  Morris  St.,  Jersey  City,  N.  J.  Send  phonograjh- 
graphophones  to  the  American  GrajJhophone  Company,  Bridgeport, 
Conn.,  as  heretofore.  Please  see  that  no  shipment  is  made  to 
the  Edison  Phonograph  Works,  unless  so  ordered  by  us. 

Please  acknowledge  receipt  of  these  instructions, 
and  oblige,  — - - ^  _ _  _ _ _  _ . 

Yours  very  truly, 





Dear  Sir: 

Rejfe  rring  to  Mr.  Tate's  letter  of  the  20th  ult. 
asking. for  a  copy  of  the  proceedings  of  the  North  American  Phono¬ 
graph  Company  in  regard  to  taxes  levied  upon  their  capital ' by  •■the 
State  of  New  Jersey,  I  beg  to  say  that  this  matter  is  having  our 
attention.  I  could  send  a  man  to  Trent to,  and  by  means  of  some 
expense  get  a  copy  of  the  proceedings  at  once  but  I  hope  within  a 
few  days  to  accomplish  the  same  result  without  much,  if  any,  ex¬ 
pense.  Please  know  that  I  am  giving  the  matter  attention,  and  that 
you  shall  have  a  copy  soon. 

-  dur  ('■ 

aw  t  y/zcc) 


■A'ew  7.  1891.  /fy 

Will  you  kindly  send  me  promptly  the  following  j 

(1)  How  much  money  is  there  in  the  Treasur«*y  of  the 
Edison  Phonograph  Company? 

(2)  Did  a  certain  sum  of  $5,000,  royalty  money,  paid  by 
the  Boston  Toy  Company,  either  to  you,  or  to  Mr.  Lippincott,  find 
its  way  into  the  Treasu*»ry  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Company? 

(3)  Has  the  complete  statement  made  up  to  January  1,1891, 
of  the  Laboratory,  been  sent  to  the  N.A.P.Co.,  and  has  a  complete 
statement  of  the  Works  been  sent  to  the  N.A.P.Co? 

Di<*  Mr.  Edison  write  a  letter  to  Mr.  Lippincott  when 
the  proposed  phonograph  deal  was  in  progress  nearly  two  years  ago, 
or  later,  stating  that  there  were  no  outstanding  claims  against  the 
E.P.Co,,  and  that  it  had  no  creditors?  If  so,  kindly  send  me  a 
copy,  ' 

(5)  How  many  graphophones  does  the  E.P.Works  own,''  and 
are  they  in  good  condition  ready  for  sale?  Did  the  Berks  get  them 
all  from  the  Hartford  Graphophone  Factory?  ^  ^ 

Is  the  E.P.Works  now  refusing  to  ship  back  to  the 
N.A.P.Co.  phon  ographs  sent  by  that  Company  to  the  Works  for  al¬ 
teration  and  repairs?  If  so,  on  what  ground  is  this  done?  On 
this  point  can  I  rely  firmly  on  your  mem.  written  on  the  back  of 
my  let  er  to  you  of  the  5th  Inst?  I  shall  assume  that  I  can7 

(V)  If  Mr.  ::dison  is  away,  will  Mr.  -ate  kindly  attend 
to  this  letter  on  Monday. 

J- . 


(8)  I  enclose  a  letter  of  the  5th  inst.  fro  me  to  th  Mr. 
I  Edison  together  with  Mr.  Gilmore's  reply.  Mr.  Edison's  comments 

appear  on  its  face.  I  send  it  to  Mr.  -pate  for  his  information. 
Will  he  kindly  return  it  to  me  on  Monday. 

Very  truly  yours, 



-Eab L._9_,_iaaX._  /d 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq, 
Rear  Sir: 

long  intervie 

Re  N.a>P.Co.  I  beg  to  report  the  result  of  i 
i  with  Mfc.  Bush  today: 

(1)  We  decided  to  contest  in  Court  the  question  of 
paying  the  State  Taxes  on  the  E.P.Co.  for  two  years,  about  §2,500. 
Mr.  Parker,  a  Hewark  lawyer,  who  is  contesting  the  tax  of  the 
H.A.P.Co.,  will  conduct  the  fight.  It  seems  that  the  unpaid 
taxes  of  the  H.A.P.Co.  is  nearly  §20,000  for  three  years. 

(2)  Mr.  Bush  c?aims  that  Mr.  Lippincott  paid  §5,000 
^cVof  Boston  Toy  Company  royalty  into  the  Treasury  of  the  E.P.Co. 

/  Mr.  Tate  instructs  me  today  that  the  E.P.Co.  has  less  than  §500  in 
I  its  Treasury,  and  owes  more  than  §6,000  for  patsts  besides  §26,000 
\  for  experiments.  Mr.  Bush  claims  that  a  good  deal  of  this  claim 
\  must  date  prior  to  your  aliened  let- er  to  Lippincott  stating  that 
'  there  were  no  claims  against  the  E.P.Co.  Please  let  Mr,  Tate  send 

4  me  a  copy  of  that  le  ter,  also  a  detailed  statement  of  the  receipts 

5  and  disbursements  of  the  E.P.Co.  from  the  date  of  that  letter  until 
i%noy/.  If  you  wrote  on  a  certain  date  that  there  were  no  claims 

against  the  Company  then  Lippincott  will  insist  that  nothing  must 
I'fee  charged  against  the  Company  except  v/hat.  has  properly  arisen 
since  that  date.  What  I  want  is  a  statement  showing  just,  what  has 
arisen  since  then. 

i  •  /  (3)  Mr.  Bush  has  the  Laboratory  aecourfit  made  up  to 

{January.  It  shows  about  §62  ,000  owed  by  the  H.A.P.Co.  Bush 
:vira4s^g  questions  relating  to  many  items.  I  tell  him  that  they  will 
i^dia’Pe  -|o  lie  over  until  you  come  back  when  he  and  I  will  go  out'  to  - 
Laboratory  and  discuss  them, 
cj  3  5 

(A)  Mr.  Bush  promises  to  give  me  within  a  day  or 
pv  two  a  complete  list  of  all  the  indebtedness  of  the  N.A.'P.Qo.  He, 
"^thinks  that  they  owe  the  Praphophone  Company  about  §35, 000 A  but  ■ 
is  not  sure.  The  amount  which  they  owe  to  Lippincott  cannot  be' 
detemined  until  the  latter  returns  here  tomorrow.  If  I  can 

fT  BUSh  showinS  what  the  N.a'p.Oo.  owes, 

I  shall  feel  that  we  have  struck  bottom  so  gar  as  getting  facts  is 
SS,MrSt  ^  and  then  wf  ” 

(5)  Mr,  Bush  insists  that  you  oup*ht  to  ^ViS-n  ^ 
oJmte^PhS  Thi°h  have  alreacly  been  charged  up  to  them  on  old  ac-\ 
count  Prior  to  the  1st  ult.,  without  exacting  therefor  a  full  cash\ 

wUling  to  nav  ^  ^  W6ek'  He  SayS  that  Mr*  Lippincott  is  , 

Paf  n  ftli  tT^£  °n  account  of  each  shipment,  but  not  to 
lay  m  full,  x  tell  Mr.  Bush  that  you  ought  not  to  consent  to  an  ! 
-  th*“S'  and  that  you  wiH  not.  So  I  suggest  that  no  ship- 

•■i  f  tS  a-ter+T  r9tUm  and  We  have  a  J'oint  conference 

-for  me  Jo  sJJn f  disputed  questions.  They  are  too  important 

'  cott  then  v  ,  6  ^°ne'  and  prpbably  1  would  be  harder  on  Lippin- 

^ cott  than  you  would  approve  of  11  /  .  v 

!  mseT 

saist  " 

: themsei  I  Wou*d  that  title  carry  possession  of  the  phonographs 

iS?  Answer*  that  would  depend  upon  what  title  and  rights  V' 
the  local  company  had  acquired.  In  order  to  determine  this  I^must-- 
examine  thecontracts  between  the  parent  company  and  the  local  com-' 

bSS^n-tJ  S  P  ,?h<L°nly  thing  which  a  Shariff  could  sell  would  / 
he  right  to  collect  the  N. A. P. Company *s  share  iff  rentals  ulus  •  - 

local^omna^ie116  W,A,P,Co*  to  take  baok  the  phonographs  whenPthe  >■ 

-tself  Hit L  toenb  ^  WJth  them*  ffias  not  «ie  local  company"./ 
itself  a  title  to  phonographs  in  its  territory  of  such  a  nature  V 

whenever  irwSe?to?‘A*?;C°*  taking  baok  and  ^^oving  them  v" 

,  anted  to?  If  so,  the  attached  creditor  would  be  in'  < 

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February  9th,  1891. 


My  dear  Sir: 

I  enclose  herewith  a  copy  of  a  letter  which  was  re¬ 
ceived  by  The  North  American  Phonograph  Company  on  February  5th. 

Thus  far,  no  investigation  has  been  made  by  The  North  Ameri¬ 
can.  Phonograph  Company  as  to  validity  of  the  claims  of  The  Univer¬ 
sal  Selling  Machine  Company,  but  we  have  deemed  it  wise  to  for-  ' 
ward  a  copy  of  the  notice  to  all  sub-companies,  as  well  as  to 
those  who  are  in  any  way  connected  with  the  operation  of  the  pho¬ 
nograph  in  connection  with  coin-in-therslot  machine^ 

Yovffa  very  truly, 



Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq 



Solicitors  of  American  and  Foreign  Patents, 

Temple  Court,  5  &  y  Beckman  Street, 

Messrs.  North  American  Phonograph  Company, 

Gentlemen: - 

Feb.  5,  1891. 

Our  clients,  the  Universal  Selling  Machine  Company,  of 
this  city,  request  us  to  warn  you  that  the  Automatic  Phonograph 
Machines  now  in  use  by  your  company,  are  an  infringement  on  their 
patent  No.  424,770,  granted  April  1,  1890,  to  Alton  H.  Fancher. 

You  Are  advised  to  withdraw  the  infringing  machines  without  delay 
and  to  make  immediate  settlement  for  past  infringement,  or  such 
action  will  be  taken  as  will  be  necessary  to  protect  the  interests 
of  the  owners  of  the  patent. 

Trusting  that  you  will  be  inclined  to  respect  our  clients 1 
rights,  and  avoid  litigation  by  effecting  an  early  settlement, 

We  are. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Stenographic . 



The  ^©pfeh  pimepiGan  Fh@i^©gpap^  (£©., 

©Rd  Jesse  R  Liippin©©^,  §©le  IiieeHSee  ©f.  fehe 

JlmepieaH  Bpaph©ph©^e  G©., 

160,  162  &  164  BROADWAY, 

INew  7J ork, Feb,  loth. , _ i SQl. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

rtc  fc  lit  j</i 

Your  favor  of  the  llth.  inst.  at  hand,  contents  carefully 


Owing  to  the  fact  that  we  have  as  yet  not  had  a  full 
report  from  some  of  the  far  Western  Companies,  cannot  give  you  exact 
information,  but  beg  to  say,  that  phonographs  rented  throughout  the 
United  States  amount  to  about  2,000  all  told,  of  this  number  about 
470  appear  to  be  rented  for  use  with  the  Automatic  Nickel  Device. 


1’ vat/tf/cf/yi Equ  ITABLE  BUI LDIN G ) 

.yj'cu’ /Jw/C  Peb.  19, 

^  C  .  k. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.,  " - - - 

Dear  Sir: 

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s^vrs’x^r*-""-  »a °r -™“* 

Very  truly  yours, 



■/j'/Y/WY/ttYfy  { EQUITABLE  BUILDING)  ' 

'Ae-u-'  18  9 J  /fg_ 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq,, 
Dear  Sij::-""^" 

?'L  L 


,  Re  L-PP incot i  Mat 1  ers .  I  beg  to  say  that  Mr.  Bush 
ionnal  demand  on  me  today  for  an  immediate  presenta- 
amount  claimed  by  the  B.P.Works  as  due  to  it  by  the 

tcA°l  Jle  •■UlUir'  t},at  t!;e  fleIay  in  setting  the  statement  of  the 
uks  interferes  with  pending  negotiations. 

/made  anothi 
tion  of  th< 

tllo  .  *r,om  what  Mr*  Bush  -aid,  I  think  tfcaihhivrttd.aandu  ' 

tiie  ZP.  shares  of  Ilomenv/ay  stock  in  tiie  E.P.Co.,  to  Mr.  rate,  to  be 
transferred  to  him,  Bush.  If  he  does.  I  hope  that  Ur  Tate  will 
tl’ans-°n  it.  bet  him  send  the  certificate  right  back  to  Mr. 
Bush  loi  safe  keeping  while  he,  Tate,  consults  me  as  to  whether  th 
..ransfer  should  be  made,  and  let  Mr  Tate  write  to  Mr.  Bush  that 
-he  .rans. er  cannot  be  made  until  he  gets  my  adirise.  The  fact 
is  that  I  do<.  not.  want  that  certificate  ' 
it  to  an  outside  party  like  Mr.  Bush, 
if  at  all  to  the  N.A.P.Co. 

■ansferred  if  we  can  help 
It  should  be  transferred 

man*  *  *  *.  n  t0ld  *ne  that  h0  liad  a11  his  arrangements 

oJt  J!  .,.?  I‘  -A-P.DO.  into  the  hands  of  a  Receiver  in  case  you 
or  any  other  Creditor  made  a  hostile  move.  I  told  him  that  if 

after  5'1,e80ntati°n’  *•  "*** 

Veiy  truly  your 

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A  .  O.Tate,  Esq.,  Private  Secretary, 
Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  letter  of  the 
24th  inst.  i.i  reference  to  your  testimony  before  the  State  Com¬ 
missioner  as  a  witness  for  the  N.A.P.Co.  in  re  New  Jersey  State 
Tax,  The  same  shall  have  my  early  attention,  and  X  shall  try 

to  procure  a  copy  of  your  testimony  as  requested. 

Very  truly  yours. 

i  '-C  -? 

~<-i  w  e. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

. 23 th.  ,  18 9X./^?i  _ 


I  heg  to  hand  you  herewith  Certificate  No.  29  of  the 
North  American  Phonograph  Co.  for  6100  shares  of  fully  paid 
stock  of  that  Company.  These  6100  shares  ane  those  which  have 
been  forfeited  to  you,  and  now  belong  to  you  under  a  certain  ^ree 
ment  between  Mr.  Jesse  H.  iippincott,  and  yourself.dat ed  July 
30,  1889,  and  also  by  a  further  agreement,  dated  April  1,  1890, 
by  which  the  time  in  the  previous  agreement  was  extended,  on 
which  the  above  named  6100  shares  of  stock  could  be  forfeited. 

The  time  covered  by  the  two  * ove  named  agreements  hav¬ 
ing  expired  on  the  10th.  day  of  January,  1891,  and  Mr.  lippin- ' 
eott  not  having  conplied  with  the  requirements  of  the  said  agreemej 
the  stock  has  become  forfeited  to  you,  and  in  handed  to  you  in  ac¬ 
cordance  therewith.  Due  notice  was  given  to  Mr.  Iippincott. 

Kindly  acknowledge  receipt. 

Very  truly  yours. 


5Phe  ^©Pfefr  JJmepieaR  I?h@ipgpa{Dfy  G©,, 

and  Jesse  B.  IrippiReQfefe,  §@le  IiieeRSee  ©f.  fehe 

■%  Pmepi©an  Bpaph©ph©^e  G®., 

160,  162  &  164  BROADWAY, 

INew  TJork, _ March  6th.,  -j §9  1 


Messrs.  New  Jersey  Phono  gyilph  Co., 
Newark,  N.  J.  y 

V/e  bee  to  notify  you  that  the  temporary  arrangement  made 
•  by  us  for  your  holding  machines  on  storaee  subject  to  our  order,  is 
hereby  revoked,  and  you  are  notified  to  return  into  our  possession 
all  machines  held  by  you  in  storage  subject  to  our  order,  sending 
the  phonographs  to  The  North  American  Phonograph  Company,  14  &  IB 
Morris  St.,  Jersey  City,  N.  J.  and  the  phonograph- graphophones  to 
the  American  Graphophone  Company,  Bridgeport,  Conn. 

You  are  of  course  at  liberty  to  retain  as  many  of  the 
machines  as  you  wish,  but  rental  will  be  charged  from  April  1st. 
on  all  not  returned  into  our  possession  by  that  date. 

Yours  very  truly, 


■  ’ 

<*< - 


JPhe  ^©Ptefo  JlmepisaR  E’hei^sgpapl^  G©., 

and  Jesse  1.  LiippiRG©fefe,  g©I©  licensee  ®f.  fehe 

JimepisaR  0paph®ph®^e  G©., 

160,  162  &  164  BROADWAY, 

3fcw  TJork.  March  10th.a  j  gg  I. 

The  New  Jersey  Phonograph  Co., 
Newark,  N.  J. 


V/e  have  your  letter  of  March  4tli.,  and  beg  to  say  that 
we  will  give  new  parts  in  exchange  for  any  old  worn  out  parts  of 
phonographs  which  belong  to  machines  owned  by  this  Company  returned 
to  us  for  that  purpose,  but  will  not  give  credit  for  them  whether 
new  parts  have  been  bought  to  replace  them  or  not,  and  when  parts 
have  been  bought  by- you  they  will  be  considered  as  belonging  to  your 
Company,  and  v/ill  not  be  exchanged  for  new  ones  if  returned,  or 

Yours  very  truly, 



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New  York  City,  March  14,  1891. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq,, 

Dear  Sir: 

Re  E.P. Works  Claim  v  H. A. P. Co.  I  beg  to 
report  b slow  a  long  talk  which  I  have  just  had  with  Hr. 

Bush  called  to  know  why  he  did  not  get 
the  account  of  the  Works.  He  renewed  his  demand  for  it, 
and  notified  me  that  his  clients  were  suffering  direct 
injury  from  the  delay.  He  said  he  had  refrained  from 
serving  written  formal  n6tice  of  injury,  because  he  did 
not  wish  to  make  trouble.  He  will  call  again  on  Tues¬ 
day,  and  insist  that  the  claim  be  ready  then.  I  shall 
be  out  to  see  you  about  it  probably  Monday  forenoon. 

Bush  says  that  as  soon  as  he  gets  the  ac¬ 
count,  he  shall  turn  it  over  to  Henry  A.  Piper  a  well 
known  Public  Accountant  of  Boston.  He  says  that  Piper 
is  a  man  of  the  highest  standing.  X  told  him  that  we 
would  probably  select  Mr.  Dockerty(?)  on  our  behalf.  In 
that  case,  these  two  men  will  hammer  the  thing  out  to¬ 

I  asked  Bush  the  same  old  question,  viz? 
how  he  could  pay  us  even  if  he  had  our  account.  His  re¬ 
ply  was  as  vague  and  unsatisfactory  as  ever. 

Trask  is  ill  with  pneumonia  arid  Lippin- 
cott  is  ill  in  bed  in  Boston,  too  ill  to  see  anybody. 

Bush  tells  me  that  Lippincott  owes  the 
Seligmans  $21,000,  past  due.  They  hold  as  collateral 
5,000  shares  of  the  parent  Graphophone  Company (  which 
cost  Lippincott  $20  a  share)  and  2,500  shares  of  N.A.P.Co 
Seligman  promises  Bush  that  he  will  not  sacrifice  the 
stock,  but  will  peddle  it  out  in  small  lots  if  he  can  get 
a  fair  price.  Bush  is  trying  to  effect  another  loan 
with  the  same  collateral  in  order  to  take  up  the  Seligmar. 
loan  as  they  do  not  care  to  renew  it. 

Bush  sort  of  threatened  a  receiver.  X 
said  that  probably  that  would  be  the  simplest  way  to 
straighten  the  whole  matter  and  suggested  that  we  agree 
on  a  friendly  suit  and  the  appointment  of  a  friendly 
Receiver.  I  said  this  to  see  what  he  would  say.  He 
then  changed  his  tone  and  said  that  he  would  never  con¬ 
sent  to  a  Receiver,  and  that  tf  we  or" anybody  else  wanted! 
one  he  would  fight  it. 

9  &'-y’ 


-if  i 

I  •  .  Bush  says  that  he  holds  the  opinion  of 

.  $  bl5h  legal  authority  to  the  effect  that  the  N.A.P.Co. 

»'  5  *s  not  insolvent*  The  main  ground  on  which  that  opinion 

fjNl  la  reaohed  1S  the  meaning  which  they  put  on  the  lead  pen 

r!  i  !*■  oil  mem-  in  yticr  own  handwriting  which  you  wrote  at  the 
(S  \  <lVi  bottom  of  your  letter  of  January  7th  to  Lippincott.  That 
j  mem*  was  t0  the  effect,  he  claims,  that  the  accounts 

*JL  i,  \  were  to  be  extended  one,  two  and  three  years.  In  that 
*  'I  0  3  view.the  <lebt  to  the  Works  and  to  you  is  extended  in  law 

^  .jj  y  and  is  therefore  not  due.  Therefore  the  H.A.P.Co.  is 

o  4  VO  not  insolvent.  He  states  that  if  we  make  a  hostile  move 
]  Sha11  b0  foucht  on  ti:is  S^ound. 

v  %j  You  remember  that  you  made  the  above  mem. 

'  °n  the  Lippincott  letter  without  telling  me  about  it. 

,r  i  Probably  you  did  not  even  keep  a  copy  of  it .  Mo  doubt 
u  v  5  J'ou  dld  not  realize  how  serious  it  was.  You  made  the  ! 

< :  *  ij  3  “f*  on  Jamal'y  21.  The  first  I  knew  about  it  was  when  ! 
jjJ  J  r»  U  was  shown  me  by  Lippincott  on  January  23rd.  I  was  i 
CS  ,:J  surprised  and  at  once  wrote  you  a  long  letter  about  it  ! 

<  '*  i  -  *  5  ,on  that  dai'*  v/hile  ^ere  are  two  sides  to  the  question  ! 

V<  V  3  how  serious  your  mem.  is,  still  it  is  a  troublesome  j 

t  »  ; ;  7  feature .  Your  good  nature  is  your  ov/n  worst  enemy.  I 

Sf  .  sS  k  implore  that  hereafter  you  say  nothing,  and  particularly 
j  )  )  V  write  nothing,  relating  to  any  part  of  the  phonograph 

V  jli  complication,  without  seeing  me.  You  are  too  generous 
rv  g  '  It.^?  t ough  for  a  lawyer  to  be  confronted  with  the  hand- 
<  writing  of  his  client  when  it  knocks  the  pins  from  under 

<  l .  *  t 

„4„  4  ,  RE  LIPPINCOTT  NOTE.  Your  aforesaid  man. 

J  J  4-  ®  written  in  lead  pencil  at  the  bottom  of  your  letter  to 
Lippincott  contained  these  words  "Renew  Note  until  July 
I,  1891".  Bush  takes  the  ground  that  this  renews  the 
Note  and  that  you  cannot  forfeit  the  security  until  that 
time.  There  is  no  mistake  but  what  these  words  are 
written  in  your  own  handwriting.  Perhaps  our  best 
course  is  to  renew  the  Note  now  for  a  short  period,  and 
thus  cut  off  the  legal  effect  of  your  aforecaid  mem. 
about  the  Note. 

1  do  not  forget  that  you  claim  that  your 
U  said  Kiem.  on  the  Lippincott  letter  is  void  because  it 

was  written  under  a  misapprehension  of  existing  facts,  to 
wit:  the  intentional  omission  on  the  part  of  Lippincott 
to  tell  you  about  his  agreement  of  Aug.  6th, 1888,  with 
tie  American  Oraphophone  Company  whereby  they  acquired 
the  right  to  buy  your  patents,  for  stock.  But  Bush  and 
Lippincott  squarely  contradict  you.  They  both  assure  me 
and  they  say  they  have  additional  witnesses  to  it  that 
“'ey  explained  this  matter  to  you  distinctly.  t'us 
at  best  there  would  be  a  troublesome  litigation  ifyou 
were  to  disown  your  mem.  on  the  ground  above  stated.  It 
would  be  q  question  of  veracity  between  you  alone  on  the 
one  side,  and  two  or  more  affiants  on  the  oth «r  . 

3  r  G  writt. 


Pi-ay ,  pray,  pray,  do  not  make  any  more 
promises  either  v/ith  tongue  or  lead  pencil  unless  you 
first  let  me  know  about  it,  for  they  are  apt  to  turn  up 
at  troublesome  moments.  Were  it  not  for  that  pencil  mem. 
of  yours,  we  c  ould  forfeit  the  phonograph  stock  at  will. 

RE  WORKS  AGAIN.  Can  we  safely  present 
our  account  to  Lippincott  without  waiting  for  Insull  to 
go  over  it?  I  fear  that  it  will  be  many  days  before  he 
can  attend  to  business.  What  shall  we  do?  I  shall  see 
Dr  Chadbou-n  and  ask  him  how  soon  we  can  talk  business 
with  Insull.  To  be  deprived  of  his  ability  and  know¬ 
ledge  just  at  this  juncture  is  the  worst  blow  yet.  I 
shall  be  out  on  Monday  to  talk  it  over 


i?  p i ....  _ 
|  %°\o  '  -  " 

'.ojiy  ol  Statement  from  The  Edison  Phonograph  Works 
to  The  Jlorth  American  Phonograph  Company. 


Orange ,  N..T.  ,  Juno  30th, 1890 


ICO  Broadway,  New  York. 

To  Ehiao::  Puolqsrapii  works,  Dr. 

Office  and  Works,  Lakeside  Av 

P-  0.  Box  1000. 

Checked.  Approved 


Prom  Pebry.  22,  1339  to  June  30th,  1390. 

To  labor  on  7345  Phonographs 


To  materials  used  in  making 

7345  Phonographs  A-  supplies 

for  samo 


To  general  expenses  of  Pactory 
from  Peb.  22nd,  1839  to  date 


To  depreciation  5  por  cent  on  above 
iuema  labor  &  material 


/ to  rn a  nfc 

To  profit  20  per  cent 



Cr.  by  Cash  on  account 


10, GG5.07 

Ho.  160  Broadway, 

J7ew  York,  Oot.  15  th, 15 ! 

i  Phonograph  Y/orks, 

Orange,  IT.  J. 

Please  enter  our  order  for  fifty  (50)  Phonographs  por 
r  Six  months  after  you  make  the  first  delivery  from  your 

Jo  reserve  the  right  to  increase  or  decrease  this  or- 
;/  giving  you  throe  months  notice  at  the  end  of  three  months 
you  make  the  first  deliveries.  Payments  to  be  made  monthly 
5  15th.  of  each  month  for  the  previous  months  deliveries, 
uo  not  require  any  portion  of  them  shipped  will  accept  deliv- 
■  your  Works. 

Very  truly  yours, 

The  North  American  Phonograph  Co. 
By  Jeseo  II.  Lippincott,  Frost, 


Edison  Phonograph  Works', 

Orange,  N.  J., 
Doar  Sirs:-- 

Mot/  York,  August  1st.  1089 . 

•  I  bog  to  confirm  tho  verbal  understand¬ 

ing  arrived  at  between  Mr.  Edison,  Mr.  Insull  and  myself,  a  few 
days  3ince,  i.e. 

That  you  are  to  make  and  deliver  to  this  Company 
Phonographs  at  the  rate  of  forty-five  (45)  per  day,  for  each  work- 
in.1?  day,  from  this  date  to  the  first  (1st)  of  January  next.  Any 
ordci-3  v/hich  wo  may  send  to  you  for  shipment  are  to  be  considered 
as  part  of  this  order,  and  such  instruments  as  v/e  do  not  order 
shipped,  v/e  will  accept  delivery  of  at  the  Works.  The  mac&ines 
are  to  bo  billed  to  us  at  tho  rate  of  §45  each,  plus  packing  and 
boxing.  After  you  have  dolivered  three  thousand  (3000)  instruments 
beginning  v/itlr  the  phonographs  originally  supplied  to  us  from  your 
'Works,  a  minimum  reduction  of  five  dollars (fy'j.OO)  per  instrument 
is  to  bo  made.  Such  reduction  is  to  be  increased  should  you  find 
that  the  cost  of  production  has  been  so  far  reduced  as  to  enable 
you  to  increase  it,  and  the  price,for  machines  is  to  be  finally 
adjusted  in  accordance  with  the  agreement  between  Tho  North  Ameri¬ 
can  Phonograph  Company  and  Jabrnt  H.  Lippincott  with  Edison  Phono¬ 
graph  Works,  dated  August  1st.  ISOS.  This  order  is  given  with  tho 
understanding  that  you  will  at  all  times  promptly  execute  our  or¬ 
ders  for  cylinders  and  batteries  necessary  to  fill  the  requisitions 
made  on  us  by  our  sub-companies. 

V/e  will  pay  you  on  account  of  this  order  twelve  thousand 
dollars (§12. 000)  per  weok  provided  your  invoices  equal  or  overrun 

that  amount ;  the  payment  for  the  difference  for  invoioos  for  each 
month  to  bo  made  on  the  15th.  of  tho  following  month. 

Tills  order  is  to  cancel  the  ono  which  \ta  gave  you 
on  October  15th.  1388. 

Yours  truly, 

The  llorth  American  Phonograph  ;j o. 
per  Jesse  11.  Lippincott, 



aaa“~  ^  «> 

March-24,_isai. . 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

«e  -Lippmcott  $68, 

1  consulted  Mr.  Kornblower  today  about  your  rio-iit  to 
sell  tne  collateral  sec  u-ity  for  th<s  note,  viz:  the  E.P.Oo/stock. 
We  discussed  tne  matter  at  length.  He  is  oC  the  opinion  that  your 
lead  pencil  mem.  of  January  21st,  written  at  the  bottom  of  your 
letter  oi  the  7th  of  January  to  Mr.  Lippincott,  operates  to  pre- 
1“  ^  fj’ora  selline  the  stock.  He  thinks  that  in  law  you  have 

the  ”0te  t0  '1aly*  and  that  J'ou  cannot  sell  the  collateral 
unoi.L  utien* 

„  J??  +  We.n9xt  discussed  tne  question  as  to  what  your  pos- 
n  iL  Lf  !  J  ln1“6  natUre  °f  datna«es  v/ould  be  in  case  you  went 
on  and  sold  the  collateral  now,  without  regard  to  your  lead  pencil 
mem.  ne  is  unwilling  to  express  an  opinion  on  this  point  until 
he  can  examine  the  authorities.  I  am  to  f 
with  him  at  the  nan  Associate 
a  conclusion  on  this  matter. 

and  i 

pend  Thursday  evening 
i  shall  then  finally  reach 

..  (3)  I  am  giving  you  in  this  letter  Mr.  Hmnblower '  s 

first  impressions.  He  reserves  the  right  to  change  his  mind  after 
examining  the  authorities  and  thinking  over  the  subject  more  fully. 
Do  not,  therefore,  take  tnis  letter  as  our  final  conclusion.  I 
impressed  upon  nim  how  important  it  is  that  we  should  sell  this 
collateral,  and  you  can  depend  upon  our  doing  the  best  to  find  a 
way  whereby  it  can  be  done,  if  possible. 

(4) For  your  easy  reference,  I  enclose  a  copy  of  your 
letter  of  January  7th  to  Mr.  Lipp  incott,  and  a  copy  of  the  1 »ad 
pencil  addition  thereto  of  January  21.  1  aiso  e^lose  a  '  of 

Mr  Lippmcott  s  letter  to  you  of  January  6th.  Your  letter  of  the 
/th  was  a  reply  to  his  letter  of  the  eth,  asdl  understand  it. 

Your  lead  pencilmem.  of  the  21st  was  written  on  the  bottom  of 
Lippmcott  s  copy  of  your  dai.d  letter  to  him  .  f  the  6th.  There 

fore  his  contention  is  that  these  three  things  constitute  a  single 
transaction,  and  tnat  taken  together  they  operate  to  extend  the 

payment  of  the  note  until  July  1st.  Whether  that  is  so,  also 
whether  they  operate  to  extend  the  note  only  to  March  I5th,  also 
whether  they  have  any  le  gsl  operation  whatever  are  questions  which 
Mr,  Kornblower  is  now  considering. 

(5)  I  also  discussed  with  Mr.  Kornblower  certain  ques¬ 
tions  relating  to  the  possible  appointment  of  a  Receiver  of  the 
North  American  Phonograph  Company  in  consequence  of  the  claim  of 
the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  &c.,  but  no  conclusions  were  reached 
which  are  of  particular  interest  to  you  just  at  this  moment. 

You  shall  hear  further  from  me  on  this  subject  within  a 

few  days. 

Very  traly  yours, 


jan.  8th,  I89i. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

Orange,  N.J. 

heal-  Mr.  Edison: 

My  note  ftc  you  for  $68,575,  and  interest  from 
October  1st, 1889,  comes  due  this  week.  I  would  like  to  get 
you  to  extend  it  until  the  10th  of  July.  I  would  no  doubt  have 
been  in  a  position  to  have  made  a  very  large  reduction  on  it,  if 
it  had  not  been  for  the  injunction  obtained  against  us  preventing 
us  from  selling  phonographs.  This  would  have  put  the  Uorth  America 
Phonograph  Company  in  funds,  and  as  they  owe  me  about  the  amount 
of  this  note,  it  would  have  enabled  me,  as  I  have  said,  to  make  a 
considerable  reduction. 

Why  does  not  Maj .  gat  on  join  hands  with  Mr.  Bush 
in  the  prosec/ution  of  this  suit?  Mr.  Tomlinson  is  the  attorney 
for  the  other  side,  and  pled  their  cause  in  court  the  other  day. 

By  the  way  there  is  no  longer  any  reason,  so  far  as  we  are  con- 
••  erned,  for  delay  in  the  Tomlinson  suit.  We  are  perfectly  v/illing 
that  you  should  go  aheadon  that  as  soon  as  you  please. 

Will  you  kindly  give  Mr.  Lombard  a  memorandum  to  Maj , 
Eaton  to  renew  the  note,  and  the  stock  option  to  July  IOth. 

I  am  slowly  regaining  my  health  and  expect  to  be  out  in 
side  of  two  weeks. 

Very  truly  yours, 

(Signed)  Jesse  H.  Lippincott. 


Cable  Address  “Edison,  New  York". 

From  trie  Laboratory 

Phonograph.!  Dictation.  Orange,  N.J.  January  7,  1891. 


Friend  Lippincott: 

I  want  the  accounts  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works 
audited  and  fixed  up  to  January  I,  1891,  and  col latcralfN .A. P. 
Stock)  to  secure  it. 

Also  the  Experimental  Account  at  Laboratory  to  January 
1st,  1891,  with  collateral. 

Also  the  settlement  of  the  extra  shares  which  I  was  to 
get  as  consideration  for  extending  note  and  taking  extra  risk. 

I  will  extend  note  until  March  I 5th  to  permit  this  to  be 


I  am  already  $540,000  out. 


Copy  of  pencil  addition  written  at  the  bottom  of  the  preceding 
letter  by  Mr.  Edison  on  the  21st  of  January,  1891  when  Mr.  Lippin- 
cott  was  at  the  Laboratory. 

"Phono.  Works  account  to  be  made  up  to  Jan. 1891,  aceord- 
"ing  to  contract.  Experimental  account  same-  notes  given  for 
"same  1,2,  and  3  years  5  p.c.  secure  by  N.Y.  &  North' Amer. Co- 
"Renew  Mote  until  July  1st, 1891-all  things  furnished  by  fac- 
"tory  after  1st  Jany.9T  to  be  cash  60  days,  but  on  things 
"paid  for  by  notes.  When  we  get  cash  60  days,  credit  it  on 
"Motes."  . . 

Hew  York  City,  AprilVtii,  1891. 

Thomas  A.  Unison,  Esq., 

Dear  Sir: 

Re  Phonograph  Matters.  One  of  the  questions 
submitted  by  you  for  my  examination  was  whether  you  could 
treat  the  recent  patents  and  inventions  as  your  own  be¬ 
cause  the  li.A.P.Cohad  not  paid  for  your  experiments  and 
patent  expenses.  T  submitted  tne  question  to  Mr.  Horn- 
blower,  without  discussing  it  with  him  at  all.  His 
opinion  is  received,  ad  agrees  with  mine.  T  quote  from 
it  below: 

"I  am  of  opinion  that  under  the  fourth  clause 
"of  the  contract,  the  patents  taken  out  by  Edison 
"belong  in  equity  to  the  Phonograph  Company  irres¬ 
pective  of  any  question  of  payments  made  under  the 
"fifth  section.  The  agreement  in  the  fourth  section 
"appears  to  be  independent  and  absolute.  The 
"equitable  title  to  trie  patents  vests  in  tiie  Company 
"immediately  upon  tiie  issuing  of  the  Let'.ers,  and 
"it  would  seem  that  Edison  has  no  right  to  treat 
"tnem  as  his  own,  his  only  remedy  being  to  sue  the 
"Company  for  the  qionoys  due  him  under  the  fifth 
"clause. " 

V/iiile  Mr.  itornblower  speaks  only  of  "patents" 
what  ho  says  would  apply  equally  well  to  inventions  and 

I  regret  very  much  that  we  cannot  give  you  a 
more  satisfactory  opinion  for  in  this  case  justice  and 
the  rule  of  law  do  not  seem  to  be  in  harmony.  Whether 
Mr.  Tomlinson  advised  you  what  the  effect  of  your  con¬ 
tract  was  vmen  you  signed  it,  T  do  1  not  know.  But  it  is 
certainly  a  hardship  on  you. 

Acfclrer  ;ft- %•/  (st, 

Edison  Building,  42  Broad  St. 


Zt/Ms  c 

/ZZ ■  // /.//y/ ( EqUITABLE  BUILDING) 

\  yl'ctV.&V'/ylWriX  20,  1891. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Bear  Sir: 

Mr.  Tate  wrote  me  on  the  I4th  inst.  that  the  letter 
of  the  American  Uraphophone  Company,  of  March  I2th,  1891,  received 
by  you  and  relating  to  the  right  of  that  Company  to  purchase  cer¬ 
tain  stock  interests  from  Mr.  Lippincott ,  had  never  been  acknow¬ 
ledged  by  you.  There  is  no  need  of  your  acknowledging  the  let¬ 
ter,  so  please  give  yourself  no  anxiety  in  that  regard. 

Very  truly  yours 



sphe  F£@Ptih  Jlinepisan  E,h©n©gpaph  G®., 

and  Jesse  §.  lrippin©®fefe,  §©Ie  Iiieensee  ©f  fel^e 

Jlmepiean  6paph@ph©ne  G©., 

p.  o.  box  2562  16°’  162  &  164  BROADWAY, 

INew  IJork, 


To  The  Phonograph  Companies, 
Gentl emen; - 

Owing  to  the  complication  of  accounts  aris~ 
ing  from  the  system  now  in  use  by  this  Company  of  charging  • 
rental  on  machines  to  the  sub-companies  quarterlb  in  advance , 
we  have  decided  in  order  to  simplify  the  system, to  suggest 
the  following  modi fication, which  will  be  carried  out  until 
otherwise  provided, with  such  companies  as  notify  us  upon  the 
attached  coupon  that  the  proposition  is  satisfactory  to  them. 

Rental  on  machines  to  be  payable  in  equal  monthly 
payments  in  advance,  saM  rental  to  commence  for  each  machine 
on  the  first  day  of -the  first  calendar  month  following  its 
shipment  by  this  company  to  you, and  to  continue  for  not  less 
than  three  months,  and  thereafter  until  the  end  of  the  month 
in  which  the  instrument  is  delivered  into  our  possession, 
either  at  the  factory  or  our  depot  of  supplies,  as  we  may- 
elect . 

Yours  very  truly, 


L  i'-  Go’ 


^  Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

This  opinion 
to  see  whether  he  took 
{{e  do  es . 


rd!son  Building,  42  Broad  St, 

Now  York  City,  April  27,  I89j. 

from  Mr.  Bush  may  interest  von.  I  waited 
the  same  view  of  the  matt  or ‘that  T  too k 

Please  look  at  your  t 
shares  of  the  N.A.P.Co.,  which 
following  legend  is  stamped  or 
Pooperty  Purchased". 

srtifieate  of  stock 
sent  you  recently, 
minted  on  its  face 

for  tile  6,100 
and  see  if  the 
"Issued  for 

v  GPFUGB  0B 

5Phe  ^®pfeh  JlmepiGan  E*h©i^®§pap^  G®., 

and  Jesse  1.  liippine®fefe,  §>®Ie  Iiieensee  ®fi  fehe 

Pmepiean  Bpaph®ph®r?e  G®., 

160,  162  &  164  BROADWAY, 

3few  Tjork,  May  22d«  1891 _ i§9 

To  The  Phonograph  Companies* 

Gentlemen; ~ 

Hereafter, and  until  further  notice  please 
return  all  GRAPHOPHONES , as  well  as  Phonographs  to  us  at  #14  &  16 
Morris  St«  Jersey  City* 

Also  address  AIL  TELEGRAMS  and  MAIL  PACKAGES  to  the  came 
place.  Letters  can  be  addressed  to  us  at  either  Jersey  City  or 
P*O.Box  #3592  NEW  YORK*  No  goods--. or  machines  will  be  considered 
RECEIVED  by  us  unless  addressed  as  instructed. 

Yours  very  truly, 


3Phe  ^©Pfeh  pmei?i©an  fhsipgpapfy  G®., 

and  Jesse  R  LlippiR©©^  S©Ie  liieeRSee  ©5  fehe 

Jlmepiaan  ®Paph©ph®^e  G©., 

160,  162  &  164  BROADWAY, 

P.  O.  BOX  2592.  _  „ 

(Dictated) V  -New  TJark,  _ -j§Q 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

I  am  in  reo’eipt  of  a  note  from  Mr. 
Tate,  in  which  he  says  that  you  will  be  Leased  to  have  me  bring 
some  of  the  members  of  the  National  Phlograph  Association  to  the 
laboratory,  but  wish  a  few  days  notic/in  advance,  so  as  to  be 
prepared  with  one  of  the  new  PhonograL  for  inspection? 

I  beg  to  say,  that  Wednesday,  ti  18th;  test  has  been  decided 
upon  as  the  day,  and  we  will  probabl  J  arrive  about  12.  o'clock, 
leaving  at  half-past  two?  / 

Trusting  that  the  day  and  horn- 

thanking  you  for  your  courtesy,  1  rejnain 

fill  sult  your  convenience,  and 



N^U  V 

JUN  18  1891  W. 

June  17,1891.. 

#  Samuel  Insull,  Esq,, 

Dear  Sir: 

It  having  been  decided  at  cmr  conference  with  Mr. 
Edison  yesterday  that  suits  should  at  once  be  commenced  by  Mr. 
Edison  and  by  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  against  the  North 
American  Phonograph  Company  and  possibly  also  against  Mr.  Lippin- 
oott,  for  all  amounts  which  are  not  covered  by  the  proposed  agree¬ 
ment  between  tin  Works  and  the  N.A.P.Co.  for  selling  1,000  phono¬ 
graphs,  will  you  kindly  send  me  an  accurate  statement  of  these 
various  accounts  to  form  the  bases  of  the  proposed  suits. 

Your  early  attention  to  this  matter  will  be  appre¬ 


A  PC' 

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c  .> ,  Ans’fyy... 

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Samuel  Insull,  Esq., 

-June_18,._ 1391. 


Edison  Building,  Broad  Street, 
New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

1  enclose  herewith  press  copy  of  a  letter  dated 
June  17th,  from  the  Secretary  of  the  Edison  United  Phonograph 
Company.  1  understand  that  the  McMahon  Brothers  obtained  eight 
nickel- m-the-slot  phonographs  and  took  them  to  Australia. 

Please  ask  Mr.  lombard  if  his  Company  sold  aw  phonographs  for 
use  in  Australia,  and  if  they  did  not,  ask  him  if  he  is  aware 
that  there  were  a  number  of  machines  sent  to  that  country.  As 
the  phonographs  in  question  are  probably  the  property  of  the  H. 
A.  Pi  Co.,  l  think  that  Mr.  Lombard  should  be  informed  of  the 

Yours  very  truly. 





Nev/  York,  J\me  17th,  1891. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  do  not  think  that  your  question  in  your  letter 
of  May  27th  askinc  us  from  whom  the  McMahon  Bros,  obtained  their 
phonograph  has  been  answered,  and  in  reply  we  are  advised  that  one 
Slot  machine  was  found  on  exhibition  in  the  vestibule  of  the  Opera 
House  in  Melbourne,  the  inscription  on  the  plate  was  the  North 
American  Phonograph  Co.,  364. 

Yours  very  truly. 

(Signed)  G.  jj.  Morrison, 



r  £AV  ED 

-  .  44  (V^/fED 

1  juu's»\/<7/ 

Juljr  2nd,  -IS9I. 

Samuel  Xnsull,  Esq., 
near  sir: 

Re  Proposed  Suits  by  the  EPWorks  and  Mr.  Edison 
against,  the  N.A.P.r.o.  and  Mr.  I.ippincott.  Mr.  Tate  called  today 
to  ask  just  what  detals  we  require  in  order  to  prepare  the  com¬ 
plaints  in  these  suits,  l  told  him  that  I  would  discuss  the  matte; 
with  Mr,  Lewis,  and  then  write  you. 

Mr.  Lewis  and  I  have  concluded  that  we  must  have  a 
full  and  complete  itemized  list  of  all  the  details  of  the  claims 
against  these  defendants.  Separate  suits  will  be  brought  for  each 
Plaintiff  and  against  each  defendant,  consequently  in  making  up 
the  accounts  that  fact  should  be  bome  in  mind  by  you.  We  "ealize 
that  it  will  bo  troublesome  for  you  to  give  us  this  complete  list 
of  details,  but  the  other  side  can  compel  us  to  supply  it,  and  the 
quickest  way  to  get  at  the  final  result  4s  for  us  to  set  forth  the 
whole  matter  in  full  detail  in  our  complaint. 

We  can  do  nothing  until  we  receive  these  details 
from  you,  so  kindly  expedite  matters  as  fast  as  possible,  and  ob- 


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The  North  American  Phonoqraph  Co., 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 

aso”™.„kt„k  American  Qraphophone  Co. 

Nos.  14  &  16  MORRIS  STREET, 


Jersey  City, 

Aug.  7th. . 7<$Q  1 

A.  0.  Tate  Esq. 

Orange,  N.J. 
Dear  MR.  Tate:- 

I  enclose  a  letter  received  from  Mr.  Stevenson 
this  was  in  answer  to  one  of  mine,  in  which  I  told  him  that 
Messrs.  Holland  Bros,  were  our  representatives  in  Canada,  in 
answer  to  an  inquiry  of  his  concerning  the  eohibition  of 
these  machines.  I  wrote  to  Messrs.  Holland  Bros .  yesterday 
stating  that  I  had  arranged  with  you  for  an  exhibition  of 
the  phonograph  in  connection  with  the  Edison  General  Elec¬ 
tric  Co's .  exhibit,  and  that  Mr.  Miller  would  go  up  to  show 
the  machines,  and  that  their  co-operation  would  be  expected, 
and  for  them  not  to  make  any  other  arrangements  ,  that  you 
Them  QiVe  me  bhB  details  shortly>  wMch  I  would  forrvard  to 

I  have  in  answer  to  Mr.  Stevenson's  letter  stated  prac¬ 
tically  the  same  thing  to  him  and  referred  him  to  you  for 
any  information  on  the  subject. 

Will  you  kindly  at  your  convenience,  give  me  the  full 
details  of  whatever  arrangements  you  propose  to  make,  so  that 
I  can  forward  the  information  to  Messrs .  Holland  Bros,  for 
the  purpose  of  having  them  fully  prepared  when  the  time  comes 
for  the  exhibition . 

f  fr.  ■ .  o  /’fir-  ' 

The'  North  /Imerican  Phonoqr/iph  Co., 

Telephone,  80.  THOndS  /I.  EblSON, 


<n 3  ™  ny  Tn k  American  Qraphophone  Co. 

Nos.  14  &  16  MORRIS  STREET, 

Jersey  City,  . Aug. . 7th.j$9 . 2 

New  Jersey  Phonograph  Co. 


^  In  response  to  request  of  uour  Mr. 

^Jhl’J71  reg*rd.  the  sale  °f  machines,  we  beg  to  say,  that 

to  such  cZTZf*  9ive  permission  for  the  sale  of  machines 

tiaZlAAlSrAA3  may fewest  it,  under  certain  res  trie- 
cions  ana  conditions  as  follows*- 

fPropo?°  bo  offer  for ‘sale  through  our  local  com- 
Pinnn  AMd  °0«npies  from  now  until  the  first  of  January  1892 
iiso  pna°ni9ryphi  °f  bhe  present  types  V  "W  and  "T”  it 
!pl50.  each  to  the  public. 

hZZt,  5?  *A  SOla  wiU  Replaced  upon  it  a  plate 

unde^U  eL{AAApZAAAC  ripti  is  ™chine  constructed 

AA'fAt e\bers  Patent  as  specified  thereon,  has  been  sold 
?n  hcnl™c//J,r!£il°n  thatfb  not  bo  be  used  or  exhibited 
in  connection  with  any  coin-slot  device;  the  right  to  such 

Taidirnnchiii9nh  rAt  als0 fith  bhe  further  restriction,  that 
AnddahiVrn/^V  hl  AA?  °nly  J°bbhin  the  State  of  New  Jersd) 
tnd“  Air  it  saleff^1  be  Made  in  which  the  same  res  trie- 
Void.  h^2  bB  recib0d>  giving  0130  bhe  number  of  the  machine 

a  fffbher  condition  of  sale,  it  is  reauired  that 
TJP  AAAAA  ^f^0AN  pHf NOGRAPH  CO.  shall  receive  payment  for 
f0  iZLWiMS?AhirSy  d,ayy  fr*m  bhe  time  of  its  sale  of 
V/™ChJne/d  bA0  logal  company,  and' to  secure  such  payment 
it  may  require;  from  the  local  company  ordering  the  machine  ’ 
loAthiZAhAVirA3  tb  deem  ne?essary  to  guarrantee  payment 
JiU  be  \ill^AP1°AfA0d:  bhe  Pri°fs  “b  'bhfch  these  machines 
AAA  «w«  billedbo  yoUr  company  is  $95.  net  for  types  ”M”  ”W" 
and  ”T”  complete*  F.Oim  New  York  or  Orange. 

in  M£lAJL  exPf*ss}y  understood  that  this  privilege  is  entire 
lhiAlAt  A?5JAdependenb  °f  bhe  ccnbracb  existing  between 
foAthTTima  hi*  y0U7lSl  fna  is  a  special  arr augment  made 
ffffbime  being',  furthermore  we  do  not  agree  to  fill  or- 
f,Z  f°AmaAhines  f0r  Rafter  the  total  Amount  of  sal eT 
from  all  sources  reaches  1000  machines ,  nor  do  we  agree  to 

The  North  American  Phonoqraph  Qo., 
tclephonc,  bo,  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

N.J.  (2) 

Roproduoing  Articulate  Speed 

American  Qraphophone  Qo. 

Nos.  14  &  10  MORRIS  STREET, 

-.m. . 

Jersey  City,  J2.J, 

fill  such  orders  after  the  first  day  of  January  next. 

If  you  desire  to  sell  machines  under  the  conditions  and 
restrictions  above  recited,  you  wtllvlease  notify  us  in 
writing  bo  that  effect,  and  we  wil ijorders  for  you  for  such 
machine?,  and  will  draw  on  you  on  day  of  shipment  a  draft 
payable  thirty  days  after  date,  idhich  draft  we  will  expect 
you  will  accept  on  presentation  and  pay  at  maturity. 

If  you  make  sales  from  machines  you  already  have  on  hand 
belonging  to  us,  we  will  forward  you  the  plates  to  be  put 
upon  them,  which  you  can  have  done,  you  notifying  us  at  once 
me  day  such  sale  is  effected,  when  we  will  send  you  bill  of 
sale  of  the  same  and  draft  for  payment  the  same,  as  If  the 
machine  was  forwarded  from  here. 

^  be  glad  to  hear  from  you  at  once  in  regard  to 

Yours  very  truly. 


'  cJ/tlC 


The  North  ^meric/in  Phonoqr/iph  Co., 

THon/15  A.  Edison, 

rpetuming  and  Reproducing  Articulate  Speech,  and  oihor  Sounds, 

SOI.B  UCKNSKK  OF  TUB  American  Qraphophone  Co. 

Nos.  14  &  16  MORRIS  STREET, 

Jersey  Ciftj,  J2.J, . Aug, . 8th., _ 




To  the  Phonograph  Companies. 

Gentl  emen:  - 

We  beg  to  call  your  attention 
to  the  enclosed  circular  and  catalogue  of  the  Qonsolidated 
Electric  Storage  Co. 

You  will  see  that  the  U.S.  Courts  have  recently  affirmed 
the  decision  sustaining  the  Brush  Patents  on  storage  batter¬ 
ies,  and  that  the  use  by  you  or  your  customers  of  any  storage 
battery  not  licensed  by  the  owners  of  the  Brush  patents  ' 
renders  you  liable  to  be  enjoined  in  their  use  and  to  pay 
damages  to  the  owners  as  infringers . 

We  are  sure  that  the  Consolidated  Electric  Storage  Co. 
will  spare  no  efforts  to  make  the  " PHONOGRAPH ”  type  of 
battery  equal  to  any  in  the  market,  and  at  as  reasonable  a 
price  as  any.  We  shall  be  pleased  to  receive  your  orders 
for  them;  as  you  will  see  by  their  circular  and  by  reference 
to  our  former  circular  letter  on  this  subject  that  we  control 
the  phonograph  batteries  of  this  make  for  the  U.S. 

Yours  very  truly. 


near  Sirs 

I  have  received  this  day  from  Mr.  Tate  a  copy 

of  the  published  notice  of  Mr.  ^it  assignee  of  Jesse  H.  I.ippinoott 
calling  for  claims  to  be  filed  before  the  I5th  prox,  and  shall  attend 
to  it. 

Has  a  similar  notice  been  served  on  the  Edison 

Phonograph  Works,  and  what  claim  have  the  Works  against  Mr.  Lip- 
pin  cot  t? 

The  North  /Jmerkan  Phonoqraph  Co., 

Tmom/us  Fm«;r»N 


A.O.  Tate  Esq . 

AsoIII  uc*en™k  o» the  /J/iericrn  Qraphophone  Co. 

Nos.  14  &  16  MORRIS  STREET, 

Aug. 20th. 1$0)  2 

Care  Edison  Laboratory,  Orange,  N.J. 
Dear  Mr.  Tate. 

I  have  your  favor  of  the  19th.  ins  t.  in  regard 
to  the  outfi  t  for  the  Canadian  exhibition.  I  have  given 
Walter  Miller  an  order  on  the  Phonograph  Works  for  the 
machines  and  appliances  as  you  suggest,  to  be  shipped  as  we 
may  direct  later  on,  a  memorandum  invoice  to  be  sent  to  us, 
we  in  turn  will  invoice  these  to  our  agents  to  arrange  for  thi 
Customs  there.  Anything  to  be  returned  thereafter  may  be 
credited  Id  the  account. 

I  note  what  you  say  as  to  the  proper  disposition  of 
the  revenue  from  the  nickel-in- the-  slot  machines,  and  will 
say  that  it  is  perfectly  satisfactory  to  me,  and  I  will  ar¬ 
range  with  out  Canadian  agents  on  that  basis. 

I  am  very  sorry  I  could  not  be  of  service  to  you  in  the 
matter  of  the  little  bundle,  but  trust  at  some  future  time 
I  may  have  another  opportunity.  With  kind  regards,  I  remain. 


>"'■33  1891  44  Broad  St.,  New  York, 

UytozrUr.  l.J8  J,"B-  32-1891' 

X  am  about  ready  to  begin  the  suits  against 
the  IT. A. Phono .  Co.  for  both  Mr.  Edison  and  the  Edison  Phono - 
Works,  but  in  order  to  be  sure  that  I  havegojr  all  the  amounts 
and  accounts,  will  you  or  Mr.  Ware  or  some  other  proper  party 
call  on  me.  next  Monday  for  a  final  discussion  of  the  whole  sub¬ 
ject.  I  do  not  want  to  commence  suit  unless  I  have  all  the 
claims  and  have  an  intelligent  understanding  of  them. 

Hoping  the  above  will  be  agreeable  to  you,  I  remain, 
Very  truly  yours, 


The  North  /Iherican  Phonoqraph  Co., 

Tnon/15  A.  Edison, 

rpntuntlnf,  and  Reproducing  Artloulnte  Spoooh,  and  olhor  Sounds; 

Ar;.„HorT,,K  /Iherkan  Qraphophone  Co. 

Nos.  14  &  16  MORRIS  STREET, 

Jersey  Ciiy,  _ Aug.  31st. _ 


To  bi  s  Phonograph  Companies. 


duplicate  musical  records  bu  Mr  g$ZZ  *?  tJL*  makin9  °f 

£**  *ha* **PropoSs%  tZ* 

^ATb^Z^  "2S.  /<r 

purpose .  a.iivered  for  their  account  to  him  for  this 

3aisonlhL°SaMeCl”¥aht  Is  irre9u2ar  and  that  Mr. 

u  s&x  &  “  «1i  r"™  « « 

s  z%°zrLJ.£°t 

S / 
?,i  u  Z‘B  -  - 

Fowrs  yer-y  truly. 


Aug.  31st .  1 

A.  0 ,  Tate  Esq . 

Private  Secretary  of  Tfios.  A. Edison,  Orange,  N.J. 

My  dear  sir 

In  further  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  18th. 
inst .  and  also  to  that  of  the  27th.,  we  .beg  to  say  that  we 
have  been  at  somewhat  of  a  loss  to  know  vhat  the  proper 
position  muld  be  for  us  to  take  in  regard  to  Mr.  Edison 
making  and  selling  musical  records  to  our  local  agencies . 

We  cannot  see  that  he  has  either  the  right  to  make  and  sell 
the  same  directly  to  them,  or  that  they  have  the  right  to 
purchase  directly  from  him;  we  however  having  in  mind  the 
pleasant  relations  existing  between  this  company  and  1r. 
Edison  and  our  desire  to  do  everything  we  can  to  meet  his 
wishes,  and  with  a  view  that  this  question  can  be  ultimately 
settled  together,  with  such  other  matters  as  are  to  be 
arranged  between  us  in  the  future,  we  have  concluded  to  ' 
throw  no  impediment  in  the  way  of  your  doing  this  business, 
and  will  give  the  necessary  order  to  the  works  to  supply 
blanks  to  you  for  the  account  of  such  companies  as  may  re~ 
quest  us  to  do  so  for  t?ui  making  cf  duplicate  records  for' 
them,  this  however  tc  be  without  prejudice  tc  whatever  rights 
this  company  may  have  in  the  promises. 

We.  will  notify  our  local  companies  at  once  of  this  fact 
and  shall  be  pleased  to  dc  whatever  we  can  for  you  in  the 
mat  ter . 

We  will  send  jcu  with  this  erders  to.  the  Works, for  such 
blanks  as  have  already  been  ordered  from  us  by  our  local 
companies  in  connection  with  this  business,  Trusting  that  this 
will  be  satisfactory,  we  remain. 

Yours  very  truly. 


,  „  „  ,  .  27jos.  R.  Lombard . 

(COPY)  Vies  Presto 

*ECEIV££  * 

*  SEP  1  o  ]891  ^ 

/£*>  <?■ 

*•&#/>_  Sept . .  9, .1891., 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir : 

I  send  you  herewith  three  Proofs  of  Claim  against  the 
assigned  estate  of  Jesse  H.  Lippinoott,  as  follows: 

(1)  Eor  the  sum  of  $68,575,  with  interest  from  the  31st 
day  of  October,  1890,  together  with  $1.50  protest  fees,  the  amount 
due  on  the  promissory  note  held  by  you. 

/"  (2)  For  damages  to  accrue  under  the  contract  of  August 

If- st,  1888,  which  I  have  fixed  at  $82,500,  the  amount  which  was  to 


^be  paid  you  for  experimental  purposes. 

(3)  Eor  the  amount  of  the  bond  of  $175,000,  given  you 
by  Mr.  Lippinoott  in  the  Gilliland  -Tomlinson  matter. 

Referring  to  the  above  proofs  of  claim  (2)  and  (3),  both 
being  claims  for  unliquidated  damages  and  of  a  contingent  nature, 
it  is  my  opinion  that  there  is  no  possible  chance  of  participating 
in  the  distribution  of  the  assigned  estate  upon  the  strength  of 
than,  but  I  have  prepared  these  proofs  merely  to  put  the  matter 
before  the  assignee  in  some  fom  or  other.  Probably  the  assignee 
can  get  an  order  from  the  Court  striking  them  out . 

These  proofs  of  claim  must  be  filed  on  or  before  the  15th 
instant.  Will  you  therefore  kindly  swear  to  them  before  Mr.  Ran¬ 
dolph,  as  Notary,  and  return  them  to  me  at  once,  as  I  wish  to  pre¬ 
sent  them  forthwith . 

Veiy  truly  yours, 

The  North  American  Phonoqraph  Qo., 
t;„bb,  f  r  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

”•  NcwVo.2.602-  AN"  Z”  ucJZ  ar  rnr.  AMERICAN  QRAPHOPHONE  CO. 

Nos.  14  &  16  MORRIS  STREET, 


No.  10  WALL  STREET. 

Jersey  City,  J2.J,  . Sept,lS.bk1$9 _ Z 

^£,CE  IV££) 

•  v.  .  SEP  21  1091 

A.  0.  Tate  Esrj  f/ 

Orange,  N.J,  ' 

Dea  r  Mr.  Tate:  - 

'■I  have  your  favor  of  the  17th.  inst.  enclosing 
the  dodger  which  you  say  is  being  distributed  in  the  City  of 

I  beg  to  thank  you  for  sending  it  to  me,  and  I  shall 
take  immediate  steps  to  investigate  and  to  stop  any  such  kind 
of  business  being  done.  I  quite  agree  with  you  that  it  is 
the  sort  of  thing  that  tends  to  destroy  legitimate  business.' 

I  do  not  think  our  agents  at  Obbpwa  are  informed  of  this, 
nor  can  I  quibe  believe  that  it  is  pub  out  with  the  authority 
of  the  Montreal  agent,  but  that  some  party  who  has  purchased 
machines  has  sent  it  out.  Of  course  if  this  is  .the  case  it 
is  beyond  our  power  to  control;  at  any  fate  I  shall  make  a 
thorough  investigation  and  let  you  know  the  result. 

Thanking  you  for  your  kindness,  I  remain. 

Yours  truly . 


2.  2.  /.  &' 

The  North  American  Phonoqraph  Co., 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 

an"as“k«„kT,,k  American  Qraphophone  Co. 

Nos.  14  &  16  MORRIS  STREET, 

(ferseij  City,  . Sept,  28tW . 1 

A. 0.  Tate  Esq. 

Orange ,  N.J. 
My  dear  sir:- 

I  enclose  you  a  copy  of  a  letter  received  by  me 
from  our  agents  Messrs.  Holland  Bros,  also  a  copy  of  a  letter 
they  wrote  to  the  party  who  sent  out  the  dodger  which  you 
were  so  kind  as  to  forward  to  me.  You  see  it  was  as  I 
suspected  put  out  by  a  party  who  owned  machines,  and  had 
nothing  whatever  to  do  with  our  agents.  I  trust  however  there 
will  be  no  further  pause  for  complaint  of  this  kind.  I  am 
very  sure  that  our  agents  there  are  most  careful  in  all  re¬ 
spects,  and  have  a  high  appreciation  of  the  importance  of 
introducing  the  phonograph  properly,  and  when  I  tell  you  they 
are  the  men  itiho  introduced  and  made  the  typewriting  business 
in  Canada,  I  think  you  will  agree  with  me  that  their  business 
experience  should  be  of  great  value  to  us.  I  remain . 


Ottowa,  Sept  23rd.  1891. 

Thos.  R.  Lombard ,  Esq, 

New  york. 

Dear  sir. 

We  are  in  receipt  of  your  1  etter  of  the  19th. 
enclosing  a  dodger  issued  by  Mr.  Urquhart  of  Montreal. 

As  you  surmise,  the  dodger  was  issued  by  Mr.  Urquhart, 
who  purchased  from  us  some  months  ago  four  exhibition  phono¬ 
graphs.  Mr.  Urquhart  is  not  in  any  way  connected  with  us  and 
has  no  authority  to  use  our  name  or  the  name  of  the  Montreal 
agency  in  doing  his  business. 

The  writer  was  in  Montreal  this  morning  when  your  letter 
reached  Ottowa,  and  on  receiving  a  telephone  message  conveyirg 
the  purport  of  your  communication  and  the  character  of  the 
dodger,  he  at  once  wrote  a  letter  to  Mr.  Urquhart,  copy  of 
which  please  find  enclosed. 

Before  receiving  this  letter  from  you,  we  had  made  an 
arrangement  with  Mr.  Urquhart  and  his  brothers  to  assist  our 
representative  at  St.  John  N.B.  fair,  which  opens  the  latter 
end  of  this  week.  We  have  taken  care,  however,  that  the 
exhibition  there  shall  be  in  the  name  of  Holland  Bros,  and  we 
have  also  instructed  our  representative  to  warn  Mr.  Urquhart 
not  to  adopt  any  of  his  " faking *  methods  there. 

Notwithstanding  the  cheap  John  character  of  the  dodger 
which  has  called  for  Mr.  Tait's  censure,  we  know  Mr.  Urquhart 
to  be  a  thoroughly  honest  young  man.  We  have  had  a  great  many 
transactions  with  him  and  can  vouch  for  his  integrity,  but  he 
seems  to  think  that  the  quickest  way  to  make  money  out  of  the 
phonograph  business  is  to  appeal  to  the  multitude  in  just  such 
a  style  as  he  has  adopted  in  the  dodger  in  question . 

We  think  that  hereafter  you  will  have  no  further  cause 
of  complaint  on  account  of  Mr.  Urquhart' s  mado  of  doing 
business.  Certainly  we  will  thke  every  precaution  that  our 
name  and  the  name  of  the  N.A.P.Oo.  shall  not  in  any  way  be 
injured  by  such  business  methods.  We  append  hereto  a  copy  of 
an  advertisement  taken  from  this  morning’s  Gazette,  which 
fairly  indicates  what  we  think  is  the  legitimate  function  of 
the  phonograph.  We  have  all  along  considered  the  phonograph 
as  a  valuable  instrument  for  commercial  purposes,  and  we  look 
upon  the  exhibition  feature  of  it  as  merely  a  temporary  matte' 
which  will  last  only  as  long  as  the  novelty  of  the  invention 
endures.  If  Mr.  Edison  will  persist  in  producing  such  marvels 
of  mechanism,  he  must  expect  that  for  a  time  they  will  be 
utilized  by  people  of  the  show  man  class,  but  we  regard  this 
show  feature  of  the  phonograph  as  a  necessary  introduction  of 
the  machine  to  the  public  and  the  very  best  means  of 
familiarizing  people  with  its  capacities.  Our  hope  and  our 
intention  is  to  make  the  phonograph  as  common  a  portion  of 
the  furnishings  of  an  office  as  the  type-writer  has  become. 


T.R.L.  ( 2) 

hlp0S  b0  see  you  soon  in  New  York  bo 
unfold  his  views  on  this  subject  and  he  hopes  to  be  able  to 
convince  you  that  he,  at  all  events,  is  one  of  those  who 
thoroughly  appreciate  the  vast  importance  and  the  far 
reaching  consequences  of  Mr.  Edison's  wonderful  invention. 

Yours  faithfully. 

Holland  Bros. 




A.  A.  [Frquhnrt  Kso. 

Montreal,'  p,  0„ 

Ottawa,  Ont.  ‘/.P.nd.  Sept.  1 ,  :;i}. 

'  So,  ami  a  copy  ..  .  , 
;  fir.  Mi  son  oJ:  the  : 

'  our sol  i  ; 
ri*ht  ».hi 

;  reeoivoa  : 

"•lorl>;er"  1 

iiortn  flrv 

i-  i.nan 

i'.ll'l  V.T:  h:-. 

h!:;  oojrijJaint 
it1...;-;  your 

lory  pur':! 



with  ouv  principals/  '  n’m'  S'!l'  intj  !cirJ' 1  '-r 

Tl’oro  is  enoui.i:  r’or.ey  iy.  .»„,**  nK  h.„  ,  i  „,.r  l  v 

"«*  «***>*  <**  «**£; , 

Yours  truly, 

The  North  /Imerican  Phonoqraph  Co., 


Thomas  A.  Edison, 

American  Qraphophone  Qo. 

Nos.  14  &  16  MORRIS  STREET, 

Jersey  City,  32.  J, . Ocb. 1 

OCT  io  ]GS1 

A.  0.  Tate  Esq.  fws  _ ^ 

Dear  sir:- 

I  have  your  favor  of  bhe  15bh.  insb.  in 
regard  bo  bhe  machine  for  Prof.  Bovey.  I  bhink  if  you  will 
bake  inbo  constderabion  bhe  cosb  of  bhe  machine  bo  our  agenbs 
and  Mas  add  bhe  duby,  cosb  of  bran sporbab ion  dc,  you  will 
find  bhab  no  excessive  amount  has  been  charged  for  it. 

My  lebber  bo  you  on  this  subject  formerly  was  intended 
to  convey  bo  you  bhe  idea,  bhab  possibly  an  arrangement  could 
be  made  whereby  this  company  could  throw  off  a  certain  sum 
from  the  price  of  the  machine  by  agreement  with  bhe  parties 
bo  bhe  contract.  If  you  will  remember  I  have  no  discretion 
in  bhe  matter,  bub  must  turn  over  $90.  for  every  machine  sold 
and  bhe  same  must  net  The  North  American  Phonograph  Co.  $95. 
consequently  I  could  nob  take  anything  off  this  price  except¬ 
ing  with  bhe  consent  of  the  contracting  parties.  We  should 
be  very  glad  to  agree  bo  any  arrangement  on  that  score  that 
would  be  satisfactory  bo  Mr.  Edison  and  yourself. 



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November  5th,  1891. 

Thomas  Maguire,  Esq., 

Edison  laboratory,  Orange,  N.  J, 

Dear  Sir: — 

I  return  herewith,  letter  addressed  to  A.  N. 
Pierman  by  Messrs.  Holland  Brothers  of  Ottawa.  Keep  this  on  file, 
I  may  want  to  use  it  later. 

Yours  truly, 

Enc.-  E.  49 


Ottawa,  Sept  14th  ,  1891. 

A.N.  Piennan,  Esq, 

Windsor  Hotel, 

Montreal.  qt- 


Your  letter  of  Saturday  reo’d.  We  note  that  you  refuse  to 
give  up  possession  of  the  phonograph  exhibit  on  Mr.  Barney's  authority 

We  do  not  know  Mr.  Barney, nor  do  we  know  by  what  right  he  interferes 
with  property  vested  in  us, and  on  which  we  have  paid  duty  and  express 

Our  understanding  with  the  N.A.  Phonograph  Co  and  the  re¬ 
presentative  of  Mr  Edison  was  that  a  charge  should  be  made  for  exhib- 
ltmg  the  phonographs,  the  proceeds  to  go  to  deftto,the  expense  connect 
ed  with  the  exhibit,  and  the  balance  to  be  divided  cmmna  those  inter¬ 
ested,  ourselves  included.  The  entire  exhibit  was  then  to  revert  to 
us.  It  is  invoiced  to  us  and  has  been  treated  as  our  property  up  to 
the  present  time. 

Since, however, you  have  assumed  the  right  to  deal  with  the 
exhibit  as  you  please, we  notify  you  that  we  will  have  nothing  more 
to  do  with  it:  we  decline  to  take  it  over  at  the  close  of  the  exhib¬ 
ition  or  to  be  held  in  any  way  responsible  for  it  unless  our  entire 
expenditure  is  refunded  to  us. 

Mr.  Barney  must  have  been  aware  of  the  arrangement  by  which 
we  consented  to  have  these  phonographs  exhibited  in  Montreal,  and  his 
refusal  to  allow  a  charge  to  be  made  on  the  ground  that  slot  devices 
were  not  furnished  is  simply  a  contemptible  subterfuge  of  which  no 
gentleman  would  be  guilty.  Between  you  and  him  you  oan  settle  the 
matter:  we  have  nothing  further  to  do  with  it  but  look  to  the  N  A  P  Co 
to  recoup  us  for  our  heavy  outlay. 

Yours  truly,  ,  ,  ,  ,  / 


Phonograph  desiring  bo  return  machines 
nob  in  use,  upon  which  they  do  nob  wish  bo  have  rentals 
charged,  as  per  contract,  from  January  1st,  1891,  will  ship 
phonographs  to  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works,  Orange, N*  J,  and 
p honograp h-grqp hop tion as  to  the  American  Oraphqphone  Company, 
Bridgeport,  Conn*,  carefully  packed  and  carpi  a  be  in  every 
particular*  Please  note  that  the  auxiliary  parts  of  a  phon- 
ogrcph  consist  in  a  hearing  tube,  a  specdcing  tube,  an  oil¬ 
can,  a  chip  brush  and  a  cover*  Of  a  phono graph-graphqphone , 
hearing  tube,  speaking  tube,  chip  pan,  chip  brush,  oil-can 
and  screw  driver*  Charges  will  be  made  for  any  part  tdiich 
is  lacking  up  or  receipt  at  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  or 
American  Craphophond  Company,  or  for  any  part  idhtch  iqjon 
infection  is  found  broken  or  rendered  ineffective  through 

Colonies  are  requested  to  notify  this  Office  im¬ 
mediately  of  exactly  how  many  machines  they  desire  to  return , 
and  to  receive  from  us  instructions  in  definite  form  for 
each  shipment  before  making  sane* 

1891.  Phonograph  -  North  American  Phonograph  Company  - 
Subsidiary  Sales  Companies  (D-91-S2) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  affairs  of  various  regional  sales  companies  under  contract  with  the 
American  Phonograph  Co.  Many  of  the  letters  are  by  local  company 
officials  seeking  to  purchase  phonograph  components  or  offering  suggestions 
about  technical  improvements.  At  the  end  of  the  folder  is  a  nationwide  list  of 
local  phonograph  companies.  A  few  of  the  documents  may  be  partially  illegible 
due  to  water  damage. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine  letters  from 
local  companies  regarding  leasing,  foreign  sales,  exhibits,  requests  for  Edison’s 
portrait,  and  other  matters;  routine  letters  relating  to  Alfred  O.  Tate’s  role  as 
chairman  of  the  National  Phonograph  Association’s  Committee  on  Batteries; 
lists  of  phonograph  serial  numbers;  documents  that  duplicate  information  in 
selected  items. 




on.  January  8,  1891. 

Thos ,  A.  Edison,  Esq.,- 
Orange ,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

,  When  in  company  with  the  gentlemen  of  the  local  phono- 

g  aph  companies  we  called  on  you  a  little  over  a  week  ago ^nf  saw 
,  e  improvements  that  you  had  made  in  the  music  diaphragm“md  an 

if  we  should  ord^on  and  ™  "ere  informed  by.  you  that 

coniH  x  Sm  throuSh  the  North  American  Co.,  we 

“2?  Rtl  them*  l’  UPOn  return  Home  sent  an  order  for t  ese 

graph*  Comp  any^  ll  T°r  J"  t0  the  ^rth  AmericL  Sno- 

Mowv,  company. --To-day  I  have  received  the  enclosed  reply  from  the 

c°Sed  ^roCrLr  T°Gtrfph  C0‘*  ^  3  n°tice  that  they  have  can- 
M  for  the  same>  therefore  you  see  that  wo  av-e  un- 

thiough  desirod  improvements  for  your  valuable  instrument 

cS  we  iret  x-USSe  eSS  °f  the  North  American  Phonograph  Co. 

Shat  weScan  doSwitv7,Ct  from/ou?  or  Y°u  give  us  some  idea  ’ 

verv  i  d  th  the  prGmises  in  order  that  we  may  have  the 

ss  £r- 

Your  kind  reply  will  greatly  oblige 
Yours  very  truly, 


General  Manager, 



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The  North  American  Phonograjh  0o. , 

160  Broadway, 

New  York,  Jan. Qth,  1891. 

Messrs  New  England  Phonograph  Co. 

Boston,  Mass. 


Keterring  to  your  blue  order  #127,  just  rec'd, 
we  beg  to  say  that  the  improvements  mentioned  therein,  and 
shown  to  Managers  of  the  loqal  Companies  by  Mr. Edison  upon 
Dec. 30th,  have  not  been  adopted  by  this  Company  and  until  sucl- 
adoption  we  cannot  permit  an  y  improvements  whatever  to  be  made 
or  delivered  to  the  local  Companies.  We  therefore  beg  to  can- 
°  °:(ler<  We  also  oancel  slip  dated-  Electric  Club, 

order°rk’  e0,30th"  88  U  aPPears  to  be  a  duplicate  of  the 

Yours  very  truly. 

The  North  American  Phonograph  Co. 
(Signed)  per  R.Ii.Thomae. 

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’( _ _ _Jan... . 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir, 

We  are  in  receipt  of  a  letter  of  January  6th  from  the  Edison 
Phonograph  Works  advising  us  that  the  orders  must  be  sent  through 
the  North  American  Phonograph  Company,  and  also  one  from  them  saying 

that  our  letter  to  you  had  been  remailed  to  them  for  reoly.  You 
will  remember  that,  this-  letter  was  mailed  to  you  either  on  your  sug¬ 
gestion  or  with  your  assent  to  the  suggestion  of  some  one  else.  You 
stated  that  it  would  be  wise  for  you -to  keep  track  of  Just  how  many 
were  needed  by  the  sub-comoanies,  &c.  We  shall  take  it,  however, 
unless  we  hear  from  you  to  the  contrary  that  you  do  not  desire  any 
further  duplicate  orders  sent  you. 

Very  truly  yours,  > 

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The  North  American  phonograph  Company 

of  the  American  graphophone  co.  Dictated. 

Topeka,  Kans.  July  16-1391. 

'Valter  Miller,  Esq,  , 

.Edison  Phonograph  v.'orks, 

Oran,<30  ,  II,  J, 

Dear  Sir: 

On  his  return  from  How  York  Mr.  Ott  said  that  you  intend¬ 
ed  to  forward  us  samples  of  some  of  your  duplicate  records.  It 
is  possible  as  wo  have  not  received  the  cylinders  that  you  have 
overlooked  the  matter,  and  we  should  be  very  clad  to  hear  from 

It  occurs  to  us  that  you  might  like  one  of  our  automatic 
slot  machine  attachments  to  experiment  with.  You  saw  the  me¬ 
chanism  in  Hew  York  and  will  no  doubt  remember  it.  It  works  so  , 
nicely  without  giving  anybody  any  trouble,  is  so  simple,  sndis  so 
entirely  independent  of  tho  phonograph  itself  in  its  operation, 
noithor  dragging  nor  checking  tho  reproduction  and  putting  no 
work  whatever  upon  the  100-thrond  scrow/ that  wo  should  like  you 
to  make  seme  experiments  wi  th  it  if  you  care  so  to  do. 

Should  you  like  one  of  those  machines,  or  rather  should 
you  be  willing  to  experiment  with  it,  wo  will  be  glad  to  forward 
you  one  without  expense,  so  that  you  can  see  for  yourself  under 
any  condition^  that  you  care  to  impose  on  the  mechanism , whether 

it  is  tho  best  of  all  or  not. 

Yours  faithfully, 




main  Office:  telephone  Building,  room  41, 


ST.  LOUIS,  MO., 

Milbank,  S.  Dak.,  July  23,  1891. 

Mr.  0.  A.  Tate, 

Mngr  Edison  Phon.  Works, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  sir,-  You  perhaps  remember  the  conversation  we  had  with 
you  at  the  5th  Avenue  Hotel  in  regard  to  sending  us  for  the  St. 
Louis  Exposition  some  things  for  the  Exhibition  purposes.  .we  have 
a  nice  large  space  and  intend  to  put  in  a  neat  exhibit  and  hope 
you  will  be  able  to  send  us  a  number  of  things.  You  will  also  re¬ 
member  that  I  handed  you  a  letter  from  the  Manager  of  the  Exposi¬ 
tion  with  a  very  urgent  request  that  you  would  grant  a  few  things 
to  be  exhibited  there.  I  especially  desire  that  you  send  us  two 
or  three  large  portraits  of  Mr.  Edison,  which  would  be  of  interest 
and  would  very  appropriately  be  placed  on  the  walls.  I  noticed 

some  that  the  New  York  Phonograph  Company  have  in  their  office 
which  I  more  particularly  refer  to. 

I  shall  be  in  St.  Louis  in  about  two  weeks  to  lake  up  our 
work  for  the  coming  year-,  and  I  expect  to  push  it  vigorously.  '  i 
hope  that  you  will  grant  the  within  request.  We  are  bothered  a 
good  deal  about  getting  phonographs  from  the  New  York  Company,  and 
as  we  expect  to  get  a  large  number  of  machines  in  the  near  future, 
we  sincerely  hope  that  matters  there  in  New  York  will  assume  such 



Main  Office:  Telephone  building,  Room  41, 




a  shape  that  we  will  not  be  delayed  in  getting  phonographs  as  we 
have  been  in  the  past,  as  it  will  now  become  a  very  serious  matter 
for  ourselves  as  well  as  for  all  local  Companies. 

You  may  answer  this  letter  direct  to  me  at  this  place. 

Yours  very  truly. 

The  Missouri  Phonograph  Co. 



09esferr^  •  Pennsylvania  •  p^ono^raf)^  .  (ompany, 


She  ROI^H  fjMEI^IGAN  Bhonogi^aph  ©0. 

V.  S  CLMW™  Wl'pVtsloiM  <§HE  flMEI^IGAM  GlJAPHOPHOIIE  ©o.  Htum  !.  G\Ui,  SKJBim. 

f  V..SltPHtU50N.lRtkSU«tB. 

Pittsburgh,  Pa.,  August  4th,  1891. 

Thus.  A.  Bdiaon,  Bsq. , 

6 ran  go ,  K.  J. 
hear  Sir: - 

Your  circular  lottov  of  August  l'sf,  together  with  the 
half  dozon  sample  records  referred  to,  ftdti  teen  received,  for  which 
please  accept  thanks.  We  have  tried  the  records,,  and  find  them 
to  be  very  good.  We  are  glad  to  know  that  you  can.  duplicate  re¬ 
cords  so  woll,^  and  expect  to  place  orders  with  you,  in  the  near  fu¬ 
ture.  We  understand  the  not  cost  of  one  cylinder,  with  cylinder 
ljiost  came  as  sample.  sen,t  us,  is,  fifty-one  cents.  If  you  have  a 
catalogue  pf  Records,  wo  would  be  pleased  to  have  you  send  us  one. 

If  you  have  a  picture  of  yourself,  we  would  ask  that  you 
plsa^e  sand  ua  one  to  hangup  in  our  office,  mailing  ua  bill  for 
the  same. 

;  »T^y. 





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/  ,  '  _  “  ■  •"  September  25th,  1891. 

Gentlemen:  -  -  (■  I 

Me  forward  to  your  address  to-day,  under  separate  cover, 
a  simple  device  for  securing  a  fixed  starting-point  on  the  phono¬ 

It  is  intended  to  he  sprung  upon  the  extreme  left-hand 
end  of  back-rod,  thus  preventing  the  diaphragm  carriage  from  going 
entirely  to  the  left,  and  has  been  found  to  serve  as  a  nice  guage 
for  dictation  purposes  on  the  long  cylinders.  For  short  cylin¬ 
ders,  two  should  be  used,  placed  side  by  side. 

When  shaving  cylinders,  the  device  should,  of' course,  be 


Y/e  shall  be  glad  to  have  your  opinion  of  the  sanple  sent 
you.  They  are  warmly  welcomed  by  our  subscribers  here,  being  gere 
erally  pronounced  a  long  felt  want. 

These  can  be  supplied  for  10/  a  piece,  or  $1  per  dozen. 
Yours  very  truly, 

Mr.  Saiu'l.  IiUHJ.ll,' 

Edison  General  Electric  Co. , 
Ed.  Blag.,  Broad  St*,.  b» 






'  Q  .  .  October  1st,  1891. 

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OCT  2  -  1891  c*' 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  _  £lf)Ar  /&  LlS^Z 
Orange,  l-l.  j. 

My  dear  sir: 

In  Juno  last,  when  visiting  your  labratory,  I  saw  and 
tested  a  phonograph  with  diaphragm  so  sensitive  that,  although 
a  man  standing  close  by  me  lieard  none  of  my  dictation,  he  haadd 
distinctly  every  word  afterward  through  hearing-tubes. 

Such  an  instrument,  (in  my  judgment,  as  a  shorthand 
reporter  of  17  years  experieftee),  would  serve  admirably  for  the 
reporting  of  conventions  etc.,  as  there  would  not  be  the  slightest 
danger  of  disturbing  speakers  or  auditors  while  repeating  the 
proceedings  inta  the  mouth-piece. 

Many  oases  for  u.  Conxnissioners,  referrees,  etc.,  can 
be  and  are  reported  by  the  commercial  phonograph;  and,  as  you 
know,  the  last  tv/ o  conventions  of  the  phonograph  companies  have 
boon  so  reported.  But  the  instrument  is  not  sensitive  enough  to 
usd  for  this  purpose  except  where  the  reporter  has  more  o.r  less 
control  of  the  body  he  is  reporting.  '  T 

Uoxt  week,  in  this  city, "the  Ecumenical  Council  Will 
assemble.  This  is  the  largest  Protectant  body  in  the  world,  and 
delegates  as  well  as,  newspaper  reporters  will  be  present  from  every 
civilized  country  in  Christendom.  The  man \aho  has  the  contract  lr 
for  reporting  wishes  to  do  the  work  by  phonograph.  Knowing  well 
all  the  conditions,  I  have,  reluctantly,  advised  him  not  to  attempt 
the  work  with  any  instrument  we  can  furnish  him. 

But  recalling  what  I  have  seen  and  tried  in  Orange, 

I  take  the  liberty  of  writing  directly  to  you  to  ask  if,  as  a  per¬ 
sonal  matter,  you  can  send  two  Buch  machines  as  I  mentioned,  in  • 
charge  of  Mr.  Miller  or  some  other  expert,  to  be  used  for  this 
special  purpose  and  then  returned  to  the  labratory. 

Ko  other  opportunity  for  such  world-wide  advertising  is 
likely  to  occur  soon  again.}  and  with  the  instruments  I  saw  and 
tested,  there  can  be  no  question  as  to  the  success  of  the  project. 


There  should,  of  course,  be  two  phonographs, 
for  reporting. 

two  are  necessary 

Yours  truly, 

.1031  ,tsl  •* 

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Can  we  supply  the  writer-  of  the  attached  with 
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could  rig  one  up.  M. 

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Omaha,  Sat  Nov. 1891. 

A. 0. Tate , Esq. 

Sscy. Edison  P.Wks. 

Dear  Sir:- 

The  writer  is  very  anxious  to  get  one  of  the  sensitive  diar 
phragms,such  as  he  saw  at  the  works, during  the  Convention  in  New  York. 

Will  you  kindly  let  me  know  how  to  secure  one  of  these  diaphragms? 
I  want  it  for  personal  use, and  one  to  take  whispering, and  low  conversa¬ 
tion.  If  you  can  remodel  one  of  the  old  diaphragms , we  will  send 

one  from  here, as  we  have  a  number  of  extra  ones, but  if  we  have  to  have 
a  new  diaphragm, we  will  arrange  accordingly.  Kindly  let  us  know 

as  soon  as  practicable  if  you  can  supply  us  with  one, and  oblige, 

Very  truly  yours, 

Nebraska  phonograph  Co. 



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1891.  Phonograph  -  Talking  Doll  (D-91-53) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  concerning  the  manufacture  and 
promotion  of  Edison’s  talking  doll.  Most  of  the  documents  relate  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Manufacturing  Co.,  which  marketed 
the  doll.  Some  of  the  letters  are  from  stockholders  inquiring  about  the 
financial  status  of  the  company.  Also  included  are  letters  from  Edison’s 
attorney,  Sherburne  B.  Eaton,  regarding  the  termination  of  the  company’s 
foreign  license  because  of  non-payment  of  Edison’s  guaranteed  royalties. 

Approximately  70  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed  The 
following  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  a  6-page  list  of  company 
stockholders,  noting  Edison’s  ownership  of  13,475  shares;  bills  and  receipts; 
routine  responses  to  business  inquiries;  letters  of  transmittal  and 
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f”om  this  Company  on  account  of  its  foreign  business,  X  beg  to  say 
that  section  2  of  the  agreement  of  August  6th, 1889,  between  you  and 
this  Company,  whereby  you  gave  a  license  to  manufacture  ancl  sell 
for'  all  the  countries  of  the  world  except  the  United  States  and 
Canada,  provides  that  quarterly  royalties  shall  be  pajd  to  you, 
and  that  unless  these  quarterly  payments  aggregate  at  least 
§10,000  per  year,  beginning  October  1,1839,  you  may  terminate  the 
said  agreement  within  four  mordbhs  after  the  expiration  of  each 
year,  upon  giving  the  E.F.T.l/ifg.  Co.  sixty  days  notice  of  your 
intention  to  do  so.  But  they  have  the  right  to  pay  the  royalties 
at  any  time  before  the  expiration  of  the  sixty  days  and  thereby  to 
prevent  you  from  terminating  their  license. 

The  first  guanariteed  royalty (estimated  at  $2,500) 
was  due  Jan.  1,1890.  The  second  was  due  April  I,  1890.  T^ose  two 
royalties  (aggregating  $5,000)  were  waived  by  you,.  The  last  two 
royalties,  due  July  I  and  October  I,  1890,  and  estimated  to  amount 
to  $5,000  were  not  waived,-  nor  have  they  been  paid. 

In  view  of  the  above  default,  you  can  at  any 
timeprior  to  February  I,  1891,  give  the  E.P.T.Mfg.  Co.  a  sixty 
days  written  notice  that  you  will  terminate  the  said  license  agree 
ment,  and  unless  they  pay  the  royalties  ($5,000)  within  the  said 
sixty  days,  the  agreement  of  August  6th, 1889,  can  be  terminated. 

You  may  remember  that  the  N.A.P.Co.  had  a  similar 
guarantee  from  the  E.P.T.Mfg,  Co.,  but  owing  to  peculiar  phraseolo 
gy  of  a  certain  resolution  which  their  Board  of  Directors  adopted 
on  June  9,  1890,  it  is  doubtful  whether  they  have  the  same  power 
now  to  terminate  their  license,  which  you  possess.  Be  that  as  it 

may,  there  is  no  doubt  but  what  you  can  serve  the  notice 
tion,  and  that  unless  the  requisite  amount  is  paid  you, 
license  agreement  will  be  ended. 

oitt  terrains 
the  said 

Shall  I  notify  the  E.P.T.Mfg,  Co. 
that  the  agreement  will  beterminated  as  provided  for 

in  your  behalf 
in  said  section 

Very  truly  yours, 

Sherbrooke,  P.  Q.  Jan.  27,  1891. 


A.  0.  Tate  Esq., 

Orange,  M.  .  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Tate:  — 

I  purchased,  some  time  during  December,  an  Edison  Talking 

3,  ^Cc 

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Doll,  which  I  desirod  to  present  to  a  very  warm  and  strong  friend 
of  the  Edison  Company  -  in  fact,  one  from  whom  I  have  received  on 
their  account,  valuable  assistance. 

Much  to  my  annoyance  when  the  Infant  was  received  by  him,  it 
failed  to  say  "Mow  I  lay  me  down  to  sleep  etc."  which  had  been 
firmly  and  mechanically  introduced  into  its  system.  Of  course, 
this  gave  him  great  disappointment,  and  more  so  for  the  reason 
that  he  had  a  little  girl  about  the  height  and  possibly  the  ageof 
the  aforesaid  talking  Doll,  whom  he  thought  might  learn  this  hand¬ 
some  prayer  by  hearing  the  Doll  repeat  it. 

What  I  should  like  to  do,  would  be  to  send  this  Doll  to  you 
and  ask  that  you  Use  your  kind  endeavors  and  have  it  placed  in 
such  hands  as  will  teach  it  to  speak  as  originally  intended. 

Can  you  do  this,  and  v/il  1  you  oblige  me  by  giving  it  your  ■>. 
kind  attention,  and  after  being  properly  repaired,  Express  it  to 
my  home  in  Brooklyn  as  per  address  at  foot. 

Any  expense  that  may  be  attached  to  this',  I  will  gladly  send 
you  upon  being  advised,  in  addition  to  which,  I  will  thank  you  very 


much  for  your  kindness  in  this  oonneotion. 

Your 8  very  truly, 

Mrs.  H.  M.  Francis, 

#360  Oates  Avenue,  Prooklyn,  H.  Y. 


Thomas  A. 

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Edison,  Esq., 

Dear  Sir: 

Re  E.P.T.Mi’f ’g.  Co.  Enclosed  please  find  a 
our  files  of  the  notice  served  by  me  in  your  name  and  in 
f,  on  the  said  E.P.T.M?f'g.  of  Boston,  last  week,  ter- 
le  foreign  license  of  August  6th, 1889,  granted  by  you, 
of  non-payment  by  them  to  you  of  royalties  due. 



Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Manufacturing  Company, 
B  ston,  Mass. 

Centl  anen : 

You' are  hereby  notified  that  pursuant  to  the  pro¬ 
visions  of  the  second  paragraph  of  the  Second  Section  of 
a  certain  agreement  bearing  date  the  6th  day  of  August, 
1889,  made  and  entered  into  by  and  between  Thomas  A.  Edi 
son,  of  the  first  part,  and  Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Manu¬ 
facturing  Company,  of  the  second  part,  I,  the  said  Thomas 
A.  Edison,  hereby  elects  to  exercise  the  option  given  me 
by  the  said  second  paragraph  of  the  Second  Section  of 
the  said  agreement,  in  the  event  of  the  non-payment  of 
the  guaranteed  royalties  as  therein  and  thereby  provided, 
and  does  hereby  terminate  the  aforesaid  conti’act  and 
all  rights  of  the  said  Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Manufactur¬ 
ing  Company,  of  every  kind  and  nature  whatsoever  there¬ 
under,  as  of  the  23rd  day  of  March,  IS9I,  because  of  the 
failure  of  the  said  Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Manufaoturing 
Company  to  pay  the  royalties  aggregating  Five  thousand 
dollars,  due  under  and  by  virtue  of  the  provisions  of 
said  agreement  on  or  before  the  31st  day  of  October,  1890 
Very  truly  yours , 

(Signed)  Thomas  A.  Edison. 

Dated  Orange,  N.J.,  January  21st.,  1891. 



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A. 0. Tate,  Hqq.,  Private  Secretary, 

Dear  Sit: 

Referring  to  your  favor  of  the  3rd  inst.’  touch 
ing  the  notice  recently  served  on  the  E.P.T.Mfg.  Co.  terminating 
their  foreign  license,  I  regret  that  it  places  you  in  an  embarrass¬ 
ing  position.  The  notice,  however,  was  prepared  with  deliberation, 
and  wqs  sent  to  the  Laboratory  for  execution.  Prior  to  that  notes 
were  exchanged  between  me  and  Mr.  Edison  about  it.  I  assumed  of 
course  that  everything  was  duly  approved  of  at  your  end. 

I  shall  do  nothing  about  the  matter  until  I 
receive  further  instructions  from  you.  Meantime  the  notice  of 
termination  will  stand. 

•  Hoping  that  this  is  satisfactory,  I  remain, 

Very  truly  yours, 

del  Ministero  d'lndustr/a  a  Commeia'o 

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Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq., 

Dear  Sir  :- 

Re  Proposed  Manufacturing  of  Toy  Phonograph 
-  Mechanisms. 

Replying  to  Mr.  gate’s  letter  of  the  3rd  inst, 
asking  questions  about  this  matter,  I  beg  to  say  : 

(1)  On  January  21,  1891,  a  notice  was  served  in 
your  name  on  the  E.P.T.Mfg,  Co.  terminatir^  their  foreign  license. 

X  believe  that  that  notice  was  valid.  If  that  is  so,  the  said  Com¬ 
pany  has  no  longer  any  rights  touching  any  countries  except  the 
United  states  and  canada.  You  can,  therefore,  make  mechanisms 

for  sale  in  the  said  foreign  countries. 

(2)  If  the  said  Toy  Company  should  be  able  to 
prove  eventually  the  validity  of  their  foreign  license  notwith¬ 
standing  your  termination  4f  it  as  aforesaid,  your  liability 
would  probablybe  only  for  ai  accounting  of  profits,  and  not  for 
damages  in  addition  thereto.  It  seems  to  me,  therefore,  that  you 
can  safely  take  the  risk  of  manufacturing  for  sale  in  the  said 
foreign  countries, 

(3)  As  regards  the  United  states  and  Canada,  my 

impression  is  that  pen  cannot  sen,,  the  0„t„ot 
relations  bet.esn  the  H.A.P.Oo.  and  the  h.P.T.Mfg.  Co.  are  still 
in  force.  I  discussed  this  sc.hat  in  w  letter  to  yon  „f  Ta„. 

9.  1891.  I  say  that  thisis  my  igprossion.  8y  that  r  to 

that  I  shall  have  to  tab,  some  time  to  verify  it,  „Meh  I  .h.u  „„ 

ana  shall  then  .rite  y„„  ,  as  regards-  the  United  states  and 

Hoping  the  above  will  be  satisfactory,  I  renain 
Very  truly. yours, 



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Bear  Mr,  Edison: 

,  „„„  ,  Re,cen*ly  you  asked  me  whether  the  rule  of  law  which 

rp!t  J  "Pin^°“f  May  8nd>  I889»  ws  told  you  would  prevent  your  for- 
\  ;  eC!  ant  JaCqu6S  contract ,  would  not  also  apply  to  the 

Maitland  contract  and  prevent  Maitland  from  forfeiting  it. 

Bri„a  p  *v.  "he  mle  of  law  was  that  v*ere  time  is  not  the  ess- 
sho-t°delayaCOntm0tS'  forfeiture  cannot  be  made  on  account  of 

In  said  opinion  of  May  2nd,  1889,  I  find  that  we 
called  your  attention  to  the  fact  that  ,ihe  conduct  of  the  parties, 
and  more  especially  a  letter  which  yoy  signed  dated  May, 1888, 

^lm9+!aS  no\the  esfience  of  that  particular  agreement, 
r  d,  ’  tb9  Paoiiliar  facts  surrounding  that  case  made  the 
particular  rule  of  law  applicable.  I 

p m .  >«q p+  •  Whether  or  not  simila^  facts  surround  the  Maitland 
”  '  is  yet;  t0  be  se01?.  But  I  .pent ion  this  matter  in  order 

to  exp.ain  m  advance  why  it  may  be  possible  that  a  different  rule 
of  lav/  may  apply  to  the  Maitland  caste. 

41  ,  .  Pardon  this  attempt /to  fortify  your  ocnfidence  in 

the  learning  and  wisdom  of  my  firm./ 

Very  truly  yours, 

Thomas  A,  Edisoi 

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The  enclosed  clipping  from  the  Boston  Herald  of  this 
date  will  explain  itself .  I  thought  that  even  at  this  late  day  it  would  do 
no  harm  and  might  do  some  good  if  Hr.  Edison’s  point  of  view  were  fairly 
■represented  to  the  public. 

dr.  a .  O.  Tate, 

Orange,  N .  J. 

Dear  Sir:  — 

Yours  very,  truly, 

1891.  Sims-Edison  Electric  Torpedo  Company  (D-91-54) 

This  f°lder  c?ntains  correspondence  pertaining  to  the  business  of  the 
Sims-Edison  Electric  Torpedo  Co.  Included  are  documents  about  the  speed 
and  range  of  the  company’s  electric  torpedo  and  letters  about  the 
establishment  of  a  marketing  company  for  the  torpedo  in  Europe.  Other 
items  pertain  to  the  unsuccessful  attempt  to  interest  Edison  in  serving  on  the 
new  company’s  board  of  directors  and  becoming  its  consulting  electrician. 
Most  of  the  letters  are  by  Everett  Frazar,  president  of  the  American  company. 

Approximately  80  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine  meeting 
announcements;  documents  that  duplicate  information  in  selected  documents. 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq., 


Dear  Sir: 

Jan'y  28th,  1891. 


Mr.  Henry  Allen,  of  36  Wall  St.,  interested  in  the  European 
Company  being  formed  to  exploit  the  Sims-Bdison  Bleptric  Torpedo, 
informs  me  this  afternoon  that  he  has  a  oatiL  e  from  Mr.  Hayes,  in 
Daria  mentioning  that  parties  have  cabled  you  direst  asking  for  in¬ 
formation  in  regard  to  the  Sims-BdisonBlectric  Torpedo. 

Should  you  reoeive  such  despatch  direct  and  reply  to  aeme’i 
I  shall  be  greatly  obliged  if  you  will  speak  in  the  strongest 
terms  of  the  efficiency  and  working  of  the  torpedo,  proof  of  which 
has  already  been  placed  before  you  by  Mr.  Sims  and  no  doubt  toy  Mr* 
Insull,  from  the  official  and  newspaper  reports  of-  its  runs  .from 
time  to  time  at  Willets  Joint. 

Asking1 your  kind  attention  th  this  matter,  believe  me, 
dear  Sir, 

Yours  very  truly. 

Hjjfle  ||lei|ti[ic  ^orjpeilo 

124  Water  Street, 

QEO.  W.  CA8PER,  Secrete 

Jan.  30th,  1891. 


Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq-. ,  _ _ _ _ _  /  ,/ 

Ihe  Laboratory,  Orange. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  your  telegram  received  at  9:30  this  morning  raading: 
""What  is  best  speed  officially  recorded;’"  also  your  note  of  yester¬ 
day’s  .date ,  confirming  same,  to  which -I  would  reply  that  the  of¬ 
ficial  report  of -Col.  Wm.  R.  King,  of  the  Corps  of  Engineers,  at 
Willetts  Point,  dated  June  27th,  1889,  gave  the- maximum  speed  as;  / 

19.2  statute  miles  per  hour,  IhiB  report  was  th  the  -.Secretary  o’f  /  '■ 

!  /  ; 

War  and  is  confirmed  by  Col.  -.Xing’s  endorsement  upon  the  enclosed/ 
official  photograph  taken  in  July  ,  1889.  j  I 

Please  bear  in  mind  that  J  shall  be  pleased  to  rTfund  to  />'• 
the  expanse  of  your  cable  reply  to  Paris  upon  your  advice 
ceipt  of  a  copy  of  same,  for  filing  with  our  official  records.  *>' 

Believe  me,  dear  Sir,  ' 

Yours  vory  trul. 

-c  y  -  3 

re.  Sims -Edison  Electric  Torpedo.  r  note  that  you  received  a 
cablegram  from  Mr.  A.  Ternes  of.  the  Paris  Company,,  asking  you  to 
wire  "If  Sims  Torpedo  successful,  specially  regarding  speed,®  in 
reply  to  which  you  cabled  as  follows  ySaturdayi  ^Official  speed 
nineteen  two-twnth  miles  per  hour.  1  consider  it  a  very  success¬ 
ful  and  practical  machine.  I*  think  twenty  five  miles  oan  be  at¬ 
tained  by  some  changes.  Edison.*.  £  have  to  thank  you  for  your 
prompt  and  kind  attention  to  this  matter,  your  oaHlegram  being 
very  satisfactory  to  the  officers  of  this  Company.  I  regret  hav¬ 
ing-  to  trouble  you  once  more  upon  the  same  subject.  I  enclose 
herein  the  original  of  a  cable  received  this  noon  from  Baron  Al¬ 
bert  grant,  Chairman  of  the  National  Einanc ini  Cor‘n  ,  Ltd.,  of 
ton don,  through  whom  we  have  negotiated  the  formation  of  a  Euro¬ 
pean  Sims-EdisonBlectric  Torpedo  Co.  The  despatch  readsj 
"Simstorp,  N.  Y.  Since  cabling  you  have  received  cable  from 

Paris  begging  me  to  cable  you  to  get  Edison  to  cable  to  his  Com¬ 
pany  Paris  explicitly  end  clearly  that  Torpedo  will  travel  twenty 
knots  an  hour,  and  go  at  least  sixteen  hundred  yards  at  this  rate, 

As  this  is  the  basis  on  which  I  took  up  the  business  ,  there  ought 
not  to  be  a  moment's  hesitation  to  cable  this  assurance  ,  and -I 
ask  that  it  be  done  by  Mis  on  himself  and  in  his  own  .name,  in  re¬ 
ceipt  of  this.  Nafincor." 

If  you  will  do  me -the  favor  to  Cable 'frodhesday  'Morning  abou^  / 
as  follows,  I  shall  be  greatly  obliged:  %ernes,  $ ar is  Edison  ■  (Soy^^ 
Sime-Sdison  Torpedo  can  easily  travel  twenty  miles  per  hour  and 
more  than  sixteen  hundred  yards,  is  under  perfect  control  artd  ab¬ 
solutely  reliable.  Is  practicable  and  thorough  in  all  respects. 

{SignedJ  .EDISON.-" 

The  Frenchmen  evidently  are  much  interested  in  our  torpedo, 
know  your  name  very  well  and  will  esteem  a  word  from  you  highly. 

As  you  are  aware,  the  present  boat  has  run  out  pne-anUa  of  c^ble, 
equal  to  at  least  1750  ypr£s.  .tlhe  .new  boat,  now  building  will 
have  two  miles  of  cable,  and  Air.  Sims  expects  t,o  be  .able  to  ,make 

22  and  24  miles  even,  possibly  25,  with  the  new,  improves,  cable 
Quint ard  Boiler,  Armington  .&  rSims^nginp  ■and'^dieohDynamo,  all 
great  improvements  on  what  we  have  beaming  at-Will etta  JPoint  and 
v/ith  whioh  we  have  made  -easily  19rgimes. 

Kindly  give  me  a  oopy  of  your. cable  as  before,  mentioning  the 
cost,  for  whioh  I  shall  he  pleaAed  to  hand  you  n  iihetsh. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  yourdcind  assistance  in  this  mat¬ 
ter,  believe  me, 

Yours  ve  ry  truly, 





With  reference  to  my  letter  to  you  of  the  3rd  inst. :  I  ought 
to  have  mentioned  that  my  cables  from  London  led  me  to  believe 
that  your  first  cable  to  Paris  had  not  been  received,  and  that  the 
second  cable  to  me  was  called  forth  owing  to  such  delay.  I  have 
now  a  oable  from  London  showing  that  your  first  despatch  was  duly 

delivered  ,  but,  taken  in  connection  with  the  reports  of  runs  of 

the  torpedo  at  Willetts  Point  whioh  Bhowwd^  about  2,300  feet  to  have 
been  tun  at  the  rate  of  19.2  statute  miles  per  hour,  did  not  seem 
to  satisfy  our  Bnglish  friends  that  the  boat  is  capable  of  running 
1,600  yards  at  that  speed.  Consequently  they  asked  me  to  request 
you  to  cable  Paris  again  that  the  boat  was  good  to  travel  20  knots 
per  hour,  and  more  than  1,600  yards.  1  trust  my  letter  reached 
you  in  due  course  and  that  it  will  not  oause  you  annoyance  to  fav¬ 
or  us  by  sending  a  second  despatch.  This  matter  Hr.  Sims  tells 
me  he  has  explained  more  fully  in  a  private  letter  to  you  by  mes¬ 
senger  this  morning.  I  shall,  therefore,  be  glad  to  know  that 
you  have  again  cabled  to  Mr.  Vernes,  somewhat  in  accord  with  my 
suggestion,  for  whioh  favor,  on  behalf  of  the  Company  1  beg  to 
thank  you,  remaining. 

#  124  Water  St., 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

Orange,  New  Jersey, 
Dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

New  York  City. 

February  5th,  3.891. 

i  &~/at 

I  am  just  in  receipt  of  several  long 
cables  from  London  stating  in  effect  that  the  cable/ sent  by  you 
ommitted  to  refer  to  the  distance  and  that  as  distance  is  one  of 
the  very  important  elements  it  is  imperative  that  that  point  be 
referred  to.  I  dislike  very  much  to  trouble  you  and  would  not  do 
it  only  the  necessity  is  extremely  urgent,  I  can  assure  you  we 
have  made  over  1700  yards  distance  at  a  speed  of^L9  miles  an  hour 
which  was  all  the  oable  we  had  in  the  boat  at  that  time,  no  trouble 
as  you  know  of  running  two  miles  if  you  have  that  length  of  cable 
at  the  same  speed. 

Now  therefore,  if  you  have  not  sent  the  oable  asked  for 
in  Mr.  Frazar's  letter  of  the  3d,  inst.  which  read  as  follows: 
"Vernes,  Paris  Edison  Co.,  Sims-Edison  Torpedo  can  easily  travel 
twenty  miles  per  hour  and  more  than  sixteen  hundred  yards,  is  un¬ 
der  perfect  control  and  absolutely  reliable.  Is  practical  and 
thorough  in  all  respects.  Ww&y  hTisON^wIH  you  not  please  put 
your  signature  to  it  and  I  will  send  it  at  once.  It  is  too  bad  to 
have  all  this  bother  but  those  English'  and  French  people  are  very 
slow  of  comprehension. 

Sincerely  yours,  ^ 

P.  S.  I  sail  for  Havre,  to  make  the  exhibition  there  a  week 
from  Saturday.  You  can  rest  assured  that  the  exhibition  will  be 


H.  Da  CASTRO,  l.t  VlM-Pr.Vt,  Offioe  o 

QARDINER  C.  SIMS,  2d  Vio.-Pra.’t 

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^  Peb’y  9th,  1891. 

Thoa.  A.  Bdiann  Baq.,  /T’V 

S  o  h  s  n  e  e  t  a  d  y.  /  , 

Dear  Sir 

Bdi«0?1r/i«t^eab1^  f9nt  by  you  t0  Mr*  A  Vemea,  of  the  Paris 
X^naldter  H  foll0ffs:  'Off lot al  Speed  19*2  miles  per  hour. 

“  “  *i*  s ,ott  *°  jsrjz'*- 

whole  run.  It  could  not  be  otherwise.  BDISS."  These  are  *h« 
exact  words  received  by  me  from  Hr.  Tate  on  the  ethtalJ. 

By  sable  received  from  Xiondon  todav  t  m  ..m.a  ,  . 

TV'ir. to  yr^iB 

^vtb®  °f  **600  ^^8  at  the  rate  of  20  miles  per ^Sur. 

jtoey  seem  to  think  that  the  boat  has  made  only  about  2, BOO  ft.  at 
this  rate,  whereas  the  boat  has  actually  run  one  Sl.rSs  you  L 

8tat8dln  yonr  88««d  she  is  capable  of  making 

the  same  speed  over  the  whole  oourse.  They  do  not.  however  «»'L 

to  understand  the  matter.  Will  you,  therefo«r*^«y”£i£  ml 
y  cabling  at  once  to  Mr.  A.  Vernon,  of  your  Paris  0o.,  u  follows* 
hour.*0rP9a°  b°at  hM  1™  °TOr  1600  yards  at  rate  of  20  milea  per  ‘ 

m*.  .*  “f®  t0  euarantae  to  y°«  «»at  the  boat  has  run  as  stated 

separate  exhibits  held  at  Willetts  Point,  three  of 
*  satisfied  myself  of  this  stated  distance. 

Of  oourse,  you  can  well  understand  that  they  would  like  this  atate- 
XI  “  P0r!°n  °thar  than  4110  oxecutive  officers  of  the  com¬ 

pany,  and  your  good  nane,  in  this  connection  with  your  Paris  firm 
would  no  doubt  prove  effective  in  the  matter,  as  theJ£  Uni 
question  in  regard  to  the  distance  run,  so  long  as  the  cable  be 
mdPtwd  b+?t*  180  mil8B  oan  b«  run  just  as  wall  as  one, 

Work^L  ^i1  b!  the»?ff8  whon  the  n*w  boat:  .  just  finished  at  your 

tat  52!i  “  waas  *». 

««+DavY?Ut’i.Pr°5!pt  att9ntion  to  matter,  with  cable  from  Schen- 
o^aahi-  ulth  outaide  memo*  of  008t  to  ni  with  memo. 

,  1,111  *T“  “  *“**W  -min,. 



Simo-EcUaon  Electric  r‘'orpodo  Co., 

Everett  Praaar,  Esq.  ,  President, 

1S4  v-’at or  ft.,  Kew  York  City.  letter  of  the  9th  inst.. ,  ’  is  at  hand  and  I  have 
carefully  road  ever  aaroo,  and  concluded  to  cable  Mr.  Vornca  of 
the  Edison  Co.,  Paris,  and  I  attach  herewith  copy  of  the  cablegram 
which  wan  sent  him  this  morning,  which  X  think  meets  all  purposes. 

I  have  also  instructed  the  people  here  to  send  you  a  bill  for 
the  amount  of  this  cablegram  which  I  have  ordered  than  to  prepay, 
and  I  wish  you  would  seo  that  a  chock  in  settlement  is  sont  thorn 
at  once. 

Yours  very  truly, 



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-124  Water  Street, 

GEO.  W.  CASPER,  S« 

./£>eb*y  28th,  1891. 

A.  0.  Tata  Esq., 

Private  Secretary, 


Dear  Sir: 

I  have  to  thank  you  for  your  kind  and  prompt  attention  to  my 
requests  for  cables  to  be  sent  by  Mr.  Edison  to  Paris  within  the 
past-  month  in-  favor  Of  the  Sims-Edison  Electric  Torpedo.  These  were  forwarded  in  due  course  andf  I  feel  confident  will  be 
of  value*  tjo  Mr.  Sims.  You  will  be  pleased  to  learn  that  he  cabled 
me  yesterday  that  he  was  in  Paris  ydnd  leaving  for  Havre  that  af¬ 
ternoon  where  he  expects  to  hold/hiB  first  public  exhibit  about 
the  middle  of  Maroh.  He  adds  the  two  encouraging  words  at  the  end 
of  the  cable  "Bright  outloo^/, "having  seen  our  London  and  probably 


our  Paris,  agent. 

Will  you  kindly  convey  my  compliments  and  thanks  to  Mr. 
son  in  return  for  \the  fetter  of  introduction  sent  to  me  in  favor  of 
Mr.  Sims  which  I  forwarded  to  him  in  London  by  the  following  mail. 
Yours  very  truly. 

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1891.  Telegraph  -  General  (D-91-55) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  technical  and 
commercial  development  of  the  telegraph.  Some  of  the  letters  are  from  the 
law  firm  of  Eaton  &  Lewis  and  concern  the  case  of  Welch  v.  Edison.  Other 
letters  pertain  to  quadruplex  patent  royalties.  Also  included  is  a  letter  from 
Stephen  Vail  (son  of  Alfred  Vail,  the  co-inventor  of  the  telegraph)  offering  an 
original  telegraph  receiver  for  sale. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed. 


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Thomas  A  Edison,  Esq., 
Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Re  Prescott.  Multiplex  Agreement.  I  beg  to  acknow¬ 
ledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  5th  inst.,  in  which  you  enclose 
the  following  documents,  namely: 

(I)  Letter  of  Mr.  George  B.  Prescott,  dated  March 

(2)  Agreement  between  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Geo.  B. 
Prescott  and  Gerritt  Smith,  with  relation  to  patents  of  Great  ■ 
Britain  No.  384  of  1875  and  No.  197  of  1877,  dated  May  31,  1877. 

(3)  Additional  agreement  between  the  same  parties, 
dated  I2th  of  January,  1878,  by  which  the  interests  of  the  various 
parties  are  vested  in  a  Trustee. 

It  appears  that  Mr,  Presoctt  has  sent  you  a  cheque 
which  he  asks  you  to  accept  as  the  "final  payment"  due  you  on  ac¬ 
count  of  the  English  Quadraplex  Royalty,  and  you  now  ask  me  whether 
you  ought  to  accept  it.  as  such,  viz:,  as  a  "final  payment1.1 

I  find  from  an  examination  of  these  papers  that 
under  the  above  named  agreement  of  May  31,  1877,  you  and  Mr.  Pres¬ 
cott  and  Mr.  Smith  pooled  your  interests  in  two  certain  English 
Patents  for  Improvements  in  Duplex  and  Multiplex  Telegraphs,  one  of 
such  patents  being  numbered  384,  dated  Eeb .  2,  1875,  and  taken  out* 
by  you,  and  the  other  parent  being  numbered  197,  dated  January  15 
IS77,  and  taken  out  by  Prescott  and  Smith. 

for  the 
cent,  tc 

Under  this  agreement  it  was  provided  that  these 
should  be  sold  or  licenses  granted  thereunder  by  Prescott 
benefit  of  all  parties  to  this  agreement,  the  proceeds 
to  be  divided  as  follows:  35  per  cent,  to  you,  and  <15  per 
)  Prescott  and  20  per  cent,  to  Smith.  It  further  appears 

from  the  agreement  tha  no  sales  should  be  made  or  licenses 
a^raama  ™lthout . the  written  consent  af  all  the  parties  to  the 
agreement,  previously  obtained,  but  it  was  nrnvUled  that  +).« 

n£Slta n?ally  tSr8e(n0  *'ime  f°r  asre9inS  ^ing  named)  upon  the 
minimum  prices,  terms  and  conditions  0+’  sale  and  the  •„ 

licenses.  '  u  'nT,-n"  °- 

„  1  otaer  agreement  between  the  same  parties  and 

liPhta ±n  rhpn’>  +,9d  Jamary  I2th’  I87s’  merely  vests  the  entire 
v J"  al'°Ve  nanled  Lettel’s  Pat®t  ^  William  Orton,  in  trust 

the  Prescott  and  Smith,  said  Orton  agreeing  to  carry  out 

the  dr  roc,  ions  01  the  parties  in  interest  according  to  the  teLs 
of  the  agreement  of  May  31,  1877. 

Xt  does  not  appear  by  any  of  the  papers  which  I  have 
here,  whether  a  minimum  or  any  other  price  was  ever  fixed.  Nor 
does  it  appear  whether  the  patents  have  been  sold  outright  r.r 

iiizi:  LnZT0'z: whether  any  other  i,aywent  °n  «*«<* 

should  like  to  have  the  followin^infomat ion^  SJ£iJ?8  matter’  1 

,r  Was  there  a  minimum  or  other  prdce  ever  fixed 

for  the  sale  of  the  patents  in  question? 

spvprai  i  ^  Were  these  Patents  sold  outright,  or  were  there 
S^^rte^sf^"  °f  li0enSeS  mad9?  ^at  amounts 


(3)  If  the  patents  were  sold  oui^ri«rh+  fnn  a 

“*•  “d  "'a,  °“8”  ■■■»»•»*■'■»*•  »»5e 

the  Parties. in^Orton, ^trustee,  by  the  agreement  of  Jan. 

. . j  '  made  subsequent  to 

I2th,  1878,  X  presume  some  change  must  have  been 

that  date 

*  is  no  mention  of  the  trustee  in  Mr.  Prescott 

accept  the  chequers  a  »flinaf 1  adVi88  y°U  to 

You  had  better  return  the  cheque,  or  write  Mr.  P. 
that  you  accept  it  on  account ,  and  ihathat  case,  be.  iuire  that  he 
gets  your  letter.  ~ 

Awaiting  your  reply,  1  remain, 

Mr.  Randolph 

April  14,  1891. 

Please  cive  ina  a  memorandum  of  the  total 
amount  of  money  paid  on  account  of  English  quad. 

„  A.  0.  TATK. 




'/tctv  .  25,189-1. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Dear  Sir:- 

Referring  to  the  matter  of  a  check  sent  to  you 
on  Maroh  3rd.,  by  Mr.  George  B.  Prescott,  for  the  final  payment 
on  account  of  the  English  Quadruplex  Royalties,  you  will  remem¬ 
ber  that  you  wrote  me  lately  stating  that  I  could  assume  that 
this  was  all  right.  You  had  previously  sent  me  Mr.  Prescott's 

letter  and  the  agreements  between  yourself,  Mr.  Prescott  and  Ger- 
ritt  Smith,  so  that  I  might  look  into  the  matter  for  you. 

It  does  not  seem  to  me  necessary  that  any  letter  should 
be  sent  to  Mr, .Prescott, in  view  of  what  you  say  as  to  my  assun- 
ing  that  this  payment  is  all  right.  I  presume,  however,  that  I 
had  better  return  to  you  the  documents  whion  you  sent  me,  the 
same  being  as  follows 

letter  of  Mr.  George  B.  Prescott,  dated  Mar.  3rd.  1891. 

Agreement  between  T.  A.  Edison,  Geo.  B.  Prescott  and  Ger- 
ritt:  Smith,  with  relation  to  patents  of  Great  Britain,  No. 384  of 
1875,  and  No.  197  of  1877,  dated  May  31,  1877. 

Adiitional  agreement  between  the  Bame  parties,  dated 


12th.  of  January,  1878,  by  which  the  interests  of  the  various 
parties  are  vested  in  a  Trustee. 


Q , 




Washington,  D. 


June  1,  1891. 


Desiring  to  include  in  the  census  report  of  the  Electrical 
Industries,  under  the  heading  of  the  "Uses  of  Electricity  by 
Steam  Railroads,"  a  reference  to  telegraphing  frcm  moving  trains, 
I  will  thank  you  to  give  me  the  address  of  the  railheads  having 
this  system  in  operation,  and  also  to  suggest  what  statistics  the 
description  of  the  same  will  in  y0ur  opinion  be  desirhble  to  be 
incorporated  in  the  census  report.  Your  earlVereply  will  greatly 

Mr.  Thomas  Edison, 


Orange,  NeirYnrli*.. 

Ja&if . 


New  York  City,  June  i5th,  1891. 

Dear  Mr,  Edison: 

Welch  v  Edison.  Lewis  lias  been  to  Boston^and  had, 
with  Mr.  nale,  a  fight  all  day  long  with  General  Butler  in  Court . 
We  had  four  motions  pending  to  compel  Butler  to  tell  us  more  de¬ 
finitely  just  what  Welch  claims.  After  hearing  argument  for  near¬ 
ly  the  v/hole  day,  Judge  Nelson  decided  that  the  plaintiff  must  tell 
us  what  we  want  to  know.  This  is  a  victory  for  us,  so  far  as  it 
goes.  Hereafter  we  shall  know  more  clearly  just  what  Welch  re¬ 
lies  on. 

The  case  will  not  be  tried  before  September 
ing  was  said  at  Boston  by  either  side  about  settling. 

Very  truly  yours, 

AUu-ri  «a.  ^  |Ttrsfril  ©rli^rupl^- QJuWe  (Smnp-mtg 

■^JE.C  El  Vi^'n,ihu‘  *  ^nwtrtaiur. 

I  ,  SEPHla9l  ,  Nnvr  York  Sept.  ioth,  itm. 


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terny. Sept .  18,1891, 

Thomas  A.  Edisai,  Esq., 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

lelch  v.  Edison'.  We  have  at  last 
compelled  Welch  to  answer  our  questions.  It  was  hard  work, 
but  the  Court  finally  sustained  our  view. 

Here  is  what  we  made  Welch  show  us.  Kindly  look  it 
over  and  send  it  back.'  When  Lewis  returns,  or  possibly  be¬ 
fore,  we  may  have  occasion  to  consult  you  further. 

We  shall  at  once  ask  D'Infreville  to  examine  the 
patents  on  pages  1  and  2  of  the  enclosed  answer,  so  as  to 
make  an  affidavit  to  the  effect  that  the  issues  in  the  suit 
are  too  shadowy  for  a  jury  trial.  What  we  are  now  trying  to 
do  is  to  get  the  case  taken  away  from  the  jury  and  sent  to  a 
referee . 

Kindly  return  the  annexed  document  without  fail, 
we  want  to  begin  work  on  it  next  week. 

44-  EDis 

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Thomas  A'.  Edison,  Esq.,  OCT  1  5  igcQ 

Dear  Sir:  - yg 

Vfoleh  v  Edison.  Mr,  tate’s  letter  of  yesterday  is 
at  hand  enclosing  Mr.  Charles  H. /ward's  letter  of  the  8th  inst. 
to  you.  You  say  that  perhaps  he'  might  be  used  in  settling  with 
Welch.  Mr.  Levis ■ expects  to  go  to  Boston  in  a  few  days  to  take 
part  in  the  argument  before  the  Court  «*£5ur  request  that  this 
case  shall  be  sent  to  a  refer^ee  instead  of  being  tried  in  open 
Court  before  a  Jury,  and  while  there,  he  will  call  on  Mr.  Ward. 
In  due  time  I  shall  hope  to  Write  you  further. 

Stephen  Vai:.. 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

Dea  r  S  ir  : 

Welch  v  Edison.  Please  send  ns  tomorrow  by  mail 
or  express  a  copy  of  yo.r  deposition  of  Saturday,  together  with 
the  briefs,  notes  of  cases,  and  all  papers  left  with  you  at  our 
interview  on  Friday.  Please  bo  sure  to  send  every .bins  without 

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Boo.  X,  1891. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir : - 

We  beg  to  acknowledge  the  receipt  of  your  clBck, 
dated  November  27th,  for  §687.50,  to  the  order  of  George 
D*  Inf  re  vi  lie,  re  Vfelch  v.  Edison. 

Yours  truly  ,  ' 

^>G  El  V  E'O 

Jr  i  ■ 

■'  'I'm 6  _ Dec ..  XI  , 1891. 



I  had  a  call  yesterday  from  Welsh,  of  Boston 
Tdio  told  me  that  he  had  been  up  to  see  Frank  Pope  about  his  suit 
against  you. 

He  seems  to  have  some  idea  of  laying  claim  to  the  quadruples 
and  told  me  that  Frank  Pope  hae/  advised  him  to  come  and  see  me  as 
knowing  more  about  that  subject,  in  connection  with  you  and  the 
Western  Union  than  any  one  else.  He  wanted  to  know  if  you  had 
not  received  a  large  sum  from  the  Western  Union  on  account  of  the 
quadruples,  to  which  X  said  no.  He  wanted  to  know  whether  you. 
were  not  now  receiving  large  royalties  on  account  of  the  quadruples 
to  which  I  said  no. 

He  seemed  to  know  about  the  $5,000  ybu  originally  got  from  thq 
Western  Union,  and  also  the  thirty  thousand  you  got  from  Gould, 

1  told  him^the  $5,000  Was  about  the  only  thing  you  ever  received 
that  Oould^e  at  Hotly  applied  to  the  general  plan,  I  further 
&ld  him  that  the  only  man  who  got  anything  that  di'd  net  boibhg 
to  him  oht  of  the  quadruple*  *was  Prescott,  and  it  is  not  well  to 
put  -on  paper  the  name  I  gave  him. 

X  remarked. *0  Welsh  that  you  did  not  profess  to  have  any  duplex 
whan  I  first  b ftp atrtq-' acquainted  with  you,  that  you  were  qot  thon 
experimenting  pn  the,  duple*,  but  op  entirely  different  tljingp,  and 

No.  52  Exchange  place, 

o.  box  3iorj. 

,a, . 

that  a  Groat  many  th6usai^fls  pi’  dollars  had  boen  spent  by  yoil  in 
those  experiments- dul’inc.Mra  of  timo  before  the  aueatxan  of 
diiplex  «r  quadruple*  0amp  up  and  that  I  know  tl*ut  you  had  nevw 
reposed  any  m6ney  fr*m  Welsh  after.  *  he came  acquainted  with  you. 

H6  went  ttft  to  adit  that  when  you  originally  loft  Boptpn  ha  had 
feivan.  you  money  fo*  your  oxpenaa^  to  Chicago  where  you  intended 
to  t«Kt  your  duplex  on  Atlantic  and  Pacific  lines,  but  that  you 
went  to  Rooster-  and  there  stopped  for  some  reason,  never  having 
fddchod  Chicago  on  your  mission  and  that  ho  never  saw  you  except 
in  Yorlf  after  that  until  you  turned  in  Boston  some  six  or 
sevan  yparn  ago,  whon  he  was  able  to  pounce  upon  you.  Of  course 

**  *tJ^8lC  a8  0  llttl0  ?*nGuIar,  if  he  had  my  sol,ioua  claim 

upon  p9u,  that  he  did  not  present  it  here  in  Hew  York  whore  you 
could  always  bo  found  in-as-much  as  he  admitted  that  he  had  many 
times  met  you  here.  I  asked  him  whether  he  put  in  a  serious 
claim  to  a  quadruple*.  He  said  that  he  was  assured  by  his  counsel 
that  the  legal  claim  to  all  of  your  inventions,  of  every' nature, 
belonging-to  the- duplex  or  quadruplex  rnrn  ynf  umlur  ITm  rn.niUi.iul 
that  tho  legal-olaim  was  perfect  but  that  it  might  be  only  a 
question  of  damages.  I  said  that  if  he  claimed  the  quadruplex 
±  did  not  know  what  I  had  spent  my  money  on  and  certainly  his 

No.  52  Exchange  place, 

money  had  not  been  usedj  and  i^-tfa-o-t,,  if  I  were  in  his  place  I 
would  make  my  claim  for  damages  extremely  modest.  Ho  seemed  to 
think  however  ,  that  he^struck  a  bonanza  and  somehow  or  other 
great  advantage'll^  come  to  him.  He  did  not  get  much  comfort 
out  of  me.  This  was  about  the  substanc.e  gf.  our  interview. 

In  regard  to  this  whole  matter,  my  own  notion  i3,  that  if  you 
can  dispose  of  this  claim  for  a  surn  that  it  would  cost  you  to 
carry  to  the  Supremo  Court  of  the  United  States,  I  would  advise 
you  to  do  it,  not  because  there  is  any  real  in  this 

claim,  for  I  think  the  most  ho  could  possibly  claim  and  collect 
from  you  would  be  the  money  he  actually  advanced  to  you  with 

interest  to  date  and  I  doubt  if  he  could  collect  that  finally 
because  he  evidently  abandoned  the  whole  business  just  as  you  "" 
did  and  X  have  no  doubt  he  considered  the  thing  simply  as  a 
terminated  experiment  out  of  which  nothing  came. 

On  the  other  hand,  if  the  United  States  Court  in  Boston  should 
happen  to  give  any  serious  judgement  against  you,  you  would  ,  of 
course  be  compelled  to  appeal  to  the  Supremo  Court  of  the  United 
States,  as  you  could  not  afford  as  an  experimenter  to'dawfct  the 
finality  of  such  a  claim  against  you.  If  ho  or  any  one  else 
can  hinge  a  serious  claim  on  any  such  payment  of  money  as  ho  admits, 
of  course  no  inventor  would  be  safe  from  a  schemer  who  might 

1891.  Telegraph  -  Phonoplex  (D-91-56) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining  to 
the  Edison  Phonoplex  System  of  Telegraphy.  Most  of  the  documents  relate 
to  the  installation  of  phonoplex  circuits  on  various  American  and  Canadian 
railroads.  Some  of  the  items  deal  with  the  problem  of  finding  suitable 
batteries,  condensers,  and  other  components.  Much  of  the  correspondence  is 
by  W.S.  Logue,  field  agent  for  the  phonoplex  system.  Most  of  Logue’s  letters 
are  addressed  to  Edison’s  secretary,  Alfred  O.  Tate.  Tate  served  as  the 
company’s  electrician  and  oversaw  its  daily  business  operations.  Edison 
himself  was  only  tangentially  involved  in  phonoplex  operations,  and  very  few 
letters  to  or  from  him  can  be  found  in  this  folder. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The  case 
study  approach  begun  in  1887  continues  for  the  Pennsylvania  Railroad; 
substantive  items  relating  to  the  operation  of  the  phonoplex  on  that  railroad 
have  been  selected.  In  addition,  the  following  categories  of  documents  have 
been  filmed:  a  summaiy  statement  of  the  phonoplex  business  for  the  first 
three  quarters  of  1891  and  a  letter  by  Tate  providing  an  overview  of  the 
system’s  costs  and  technical  refinements  for  1891. 

The  following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  most 
documents  dealing  with  phonoplex  operations  on  other  railroads;  letters  of 
inquiry  from  railroad  companies;  testimonials  on  the  maintenance  cost  of  the 
Edison-Lalande  battery;  Logue’s  accounts  and  personal  correspondence. 

Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-91-21  (Edison  Manufacturing 
Company).  6 

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Pennsylvania  Railroad  Co. 

Philadelphia  Division 

O-fYioe  of  the  Div'n  Operator 
West  Phllada. ,  4/l8/i891 

Mr.  A.  0.  Tate,  Eleotrioian, 

Edison  Manufacturing  Co. 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

+  1nT1  pr!vioua  answer  to  your  letter  of  16th  Inst,  in  rela¬ 

tion  to  the  cost  per  year  for  battery  power  for  fhonoplexea  was  i« 
error  as  regards  number  _of  cells  renewed  per  year  and’their  cost? 
Please  find  below  a  corrected  statement  of  same. 





Cells  Total 

renewed  cost 

per  year  per  year 

"P"  2  /i  months  y'  75 


*PS«  3  »  ^60 


»PS«^'  4  »  ^45 


” «•  3  •  ^  60 





Yours  truly. 

Division  Operator 

Office  of  l/c  @fcdi6wn  C/icva/or-. 

/fy L 

A.O  Tate, Esq. 


Dear  Sir:- 

Replying-  to  Vour  favor  of  the  10th  Instant". 

We  estimated  that  it  Costs  us  $2.00  per  oell/per  year  for 
Phonoplex  Battery.  / 

If  the  allowance  for  the  retum  of  oxide  plates  is 

deducted  from  this  it  will  of  course /reduce  the  cost  in  that 

'  .  / 

Our  experience  is  that  the  Phonoplex  Battery  will  run 


about  three  (5). months. 

On  our.  Philadelphia  line  we  use  15  oells  per  offioe,and 
on  the  short  line  from  New  Yt>rJr  to  Jersey  City  11  cells. 

j  li'ours  truly. 

Division  Operator. 

UJ) /  . 



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MR.  A. 0. TATE 



BEG  to  say  in  REPLY  THAT  I 





oivi sion/operator. 


October  31st,  1891. 

Care  of  The  New  Jersey,  &  Pennsylvania  Concentrating  Works, 
Ogdensburg,  N.  J. 

My  Dear  Mr. Edison: - 

1  hand  you  herewith  a  statement  of  receipts 
and  expenses  of  the  "Phonoplex"  from  the  1st.  of /January  1891  to 
the  1st  of  September  1891  a  period  of  eight  months,  which  Blows 
that  the  excess  of  receipts  over  expenses,  including  material  on 
hand,  is  $675.39.  All  the  material^in  value  $523*80  is  goodj  it 
consists  chiefly  of  Condensers  in  perfect  order  which  we  will  of 
course  use  frcm  time  to  time  as  they  are  required.  .  Our  revenue 
from  royalties  for  these  eight  months  is  $93^.32.  The  amount 
to  the  credit  of  the  account  is  not  very  large  but  I  ktt>w  it  will 
be  a  satisfaction  to  you'to  see  that  this  business  is  self-sustain¬ 
ing.  I  know  you  appreciate  the  up  hill  work  which  I  have  hai  in 
introducing  the  system  with  no  support  whatever  from  the  Western 
Union  Telegraph  Company,  who  control  a  very( large  majority  of  the 
telegraph  lines  throughout  the  country.  ;Erc«n  this  time  forward 

directions  and  relieve  the  account  of  his  expense  during  periods 
when- he  hs  not  directly  employed  ulpon  that/  work. 

Your^y  very /truly, 

fa  „ 


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J.  ji,  otovai’t,  lisq.. 

We  at  OIioi'o  11.  tit,  .'..oohuwhon,  .  3* 

Dear  oir:- 

Your  lot  tor  of  17th  instant  in 
regard  to  tin  phonoplox  is  at  liana. 

Tho  annual  royalty  char  cod  for  tin  phono¬ 
plox  is  $50.00  per  circuit  of  50  miloa  in 
length  or  undor,  irrespective  of  tho  number  of 
offices  includog  in  circuit.  Tho  coot  of 
equipment,  is  about  $30.00  for  each  office  1 
fully  cquippod,  includin'  battery,  and  for 
intermediate  olTicos  bride od  by  moans  of  au 
condonsor,  $13.00.  Por  circuits  longer  tlian 
50  niilos,  tlia  annual  royalty  is  $50,  plus  $1 
por  nilo  for  each  nilo  in  excess  of  fifty. 

There  fore  tho  coot  of  equiipins  tho  two  of¬ 
fices  which  you  refer  to  would  bo  about  $100, 
royalty  would  1x2  , '-ova mad  by  tl« 

and  tho 


Dtovnrt,  Kan  • 


18,  1891. 

length  oi'  circuit,  as  explained  in  tie  fo  mooing* 

In  regard  to  battery.  ‘x’ho  bat  tony  nw  no  ad  by  all  out*  licon- 

oooo  in  oonnootion  with  trio  phonoplcx  io  tin  Edison-Lalando  "U" 
300  sapors  honv  coll,  and  it  is  giving  eminent  satisfaction.  The 
cost  of  this  tottery  io  88.80  pan  coll,  ox.  jars,  subject  to  a 
discount  of  305?.  In  this  oomoction  I  would  point  out  tliat  tie 
Ddioon  ’teufheturirr?  Company  allows  9  cents  pen  lb  for  deoxidised 
copper  and  four  cents  a  lb.  for  exhausted  sine  delivered  at  their 
■factory,  tlmuby  inducing  conoidorably  tie  asst  of  renewal,  which 
wo  estimate,  to  bo  about  02*50  per  year  i'o r  each  coll.  'Clio  number 
of  cells  required  in  each  office  equipped  with  phonon lex  instru¬ 
ments  dope  ndsi  more  or  lessupon  tlie  Ion  nth  of  the  circuit,  ljut  tie 

*$***  ~t-*stQs£. 

avorago  number  of  colls  employed  i3  15^  The  aver  ace  life  of  the 
battery  is  from  throe  to  Sme  months,  depending  of  course  upon  the 
v/orh  which  it  tmy  lx»  called  tp on  to  po ri’orm. 

I  am  sordini;  to  you  by  this  mail,  under  anotlnr  cover,  a 
pamphlot  explanatory  of  tie  phonoplox  ays  tom,  and  I  enclose  lie  re- , 

€  ' 

with  a  copy  of  tie  contract  which  v/c  inquire  all  our  licensees  to 
execute.  If  you  will  send  r.»  a  di ag mm  of  tie  circuit,  the  phono- 
ploxing  of  v/hich  yai  lave  in  mind,  it  would  enable  iro  to ■  famish 
you  \7ith  more  exact  information  rofjirdirR  coot  of  equipment,  main¬ 
tenance  etc.  Trusting  to  hoar  further  XV om  you  _ __ 

I  as,  yours  very  ■ 

'  ■  /  ...  Kloctrioian. 

1891.  Telephone  (D-91-57) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  regarding  Edison’s  patent 
assignments  to  the  American  Bell  Telephone  Co.  and  Western  Union. 

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Noy i  that  you  are  at  home  it  lias/  occurred  to  r 

that  .it  vrould  be  a  good  time  to  institute  a  se 
for  those  Telephone  Assignments  that  can't  be  fou 


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I  liave  dictated  a  letter  to  the  Bell  Tele¬ 
phone  Co.,  winch,  if  you  see  no  objection,  I  wish  you  would  siCn. 
Complete  lists  of  their  licensees  are  difficult  to  obtain. 
Pickarnell  says  they  are  issued  for  private  circulation  only,  v/e 
have  a  fairly  complete  list,  but  still  there  are  a  number  of  names 
lacking,  and  we  want  to  reach  them  all.  The  telephone  cells 
which  viera  sent  to  Trenton  for  repair  will  be  ready  at  the  end  of 
the  week,  and  Gladstone, will  start  out  on  Ms  trip  again  on 
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Yours  truly. 


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relating  to  experiments  and  tests  conducted  at  the  West  Orange  laboratory. 
Also  included  are  lists  of  experimental  accounts  chargeable  to  the  Edison 
General  Electric  Co.,  correspondence  pertaining  to  laboratory  contracts,  and 
documents  regarding  the  purchase  of  a  complete  set  of  U.S.  electrical  patents. 

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following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  storekeepers’  orders 
and  receipts;  monthly  meter  accounts  for  electric  lighting  supplied  by  the 
laboratory  plant  to  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  and  various  homeowners 
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Mr.  Langford, 

Edison  Laboratory,  Orange,  M.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

As  requested  by  your  favor  of  the  2nd  inst .  , 

I  took  pleasure  in  forwarding  you,  under  separate  cover,  a  copy 
of  "Merck's  Index,"  for  use  in  your  storeroom. 

Kindly  acknowledge  receipt  of  the  same  and  oblige, 

Messrs.  Herts  Brothers, 

#894  -  896  Bji-padway, 
How  York  City. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

The  chandeliers  are  of  no^ug^—irjhe  design  is  such 
that  mty-per  cent  of  the  light  >s'' lost,  anl  I  don't  want  them. 
Our  n(an  says  that  he  could  duplicate  them  for  §100  and  make  money. 
I  have  no  d6uKt~  he"coitld-from..ut.he_rates  you  c largo  for  everything. 
You  have  §29.75  for  a  door  hinge.  This  is^ss^iething  that  I  under- 
stand  enough  to  see  your  methods.  If  you  will  dediVt  the  §580  for 
the  chandeliers  and  take  them  away,  I  will  pay  the  bill. 

[4  j  i  ')  ■>  r'- 

Edison  General  Eleetrie  Company. 


.'Yaw  York,  189 

floor  Sir: 

I  bog  in  confirm  nuj  telegram,  of  evert 
dote,  ax  follows : 

Feb.  4th,  1891. 

A.  0.  Tate  Esq.,  Private  Secretary, 

Edison's  Laboratory,  Orange,  n.  J. 

See  Joe  Force  or  Doshler,  and  telegraph  me  at 
Schenectady,  the  Life  to  date  of  the  three  sots  of  l! 
lamps  made  by  Force. 

Thomas  A.  Edison. 



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Vw  //<■,/■/  feb.  28,  1891.  . 

A. 0. Tate,  Esq., 

Dear  Sir: 

Re  Laboratory  Contract,.  I  beg  to  acknowledge  the 
receipt  of  your  lengthy  mem.  expressing  the  theory  on  which  you 
think  certain  changes  should  be  made  on  this  contract.  But  X  fail 
to  see  that  you  have  prepared  the  changes  themselves.  What  I 
would  like  to  have  you  do,  if  quite  agreeable,  is  to  prepare  the 
precise  changes  in  your  editions  of  the  contract  ,  and  send  them 
to  me.  Please  state  as  regards  each  dnange  that  it  relates 
to  edition  Number  blank,  that  it  is  to  go  on  page  blank,  and  is 
to  be  inserted  at  line  so  and  so. 

If  you  have  any  changes  to  suggest  in  the  Rail¬ 
way  Contract,  please  lot  me  have  them  also. 

As  this  matter,  will  be  taken  up  as  soon  as  Mr.  in- 
sull  returns ,  will  you  kindly  give  mthis  prompt  attention,  and 

Very  truly 



■  /few  i/r?/-  March  7,  THQt. 

O.Tate,  Esq . , 

Dear  Sir: 

your  letter 
Contract  v/i 

Mr.  Eaton  rli renter 

acknowledge  receipt  of 
date /enclosing  prot'f  of  Labo n-Uory 
isions.  /  The  sawe  sUiall  have  hio*trly 

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Thomas  A,  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  New  Jersey, 

Dear  Sir: 

Acting  undeij  the  direction  of  Mr,  Insull^as  Second  Vice- 
President  of  the  Edison  General  Electric  Company,  I  am  obtaining 
for  the  library  of  the  Laboratory  a  full  set  of  allUnited  States 
Patents  ever  issued  in  the  class  of  Electricity,  down  to  date. 

These  will  be  bound  in  volumes,  and  will  be  accompanied  by  classi¬ 
fied  indexes. 

I  have  obtained  the  first  sixty  five  volumes  of  such  pat¬ 
ents,  which  would  include  all  up  to  June, 1888.  The  patents  from 
that  date  to  the  present  are  being  obtained  and  bound  as  fast  as 

In  order  that  you  may  have  the  use  of  those  which  have  al¬ 
ready  been  bound,  I  am  forwarding  to  you  by  express  the  sixty  five 
volumes  above  named,  the  same  being  numbered  from  one  to  sixty  five, 
inclusive.  These  will  be  contained  in  eight  packing  boxes,  and 
will  be  forwarded  to  you  be  United  States  Express  to-day. 

I  would  add, 
that  these  sixty  five 

as  a  suggestion  concerning  your  insurance, 
volumes  are  worth  $1,450, 

General  Counsel,  E.G.E.Oo. 



-August  24,1891 . 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq, 
Orange,  N.J 

Dear  Sir:  - 

1  ^E-CEI  V£]£) 

AUG25I!91  (Zut.&s.T. 



Referring  to  the  full  set  of  patents  which  I  am  obtain¬ 
ing  for  the  Laboratory,  I  bag  to  report  progress  to  you  as  fol¬ 
lows:  The  first  65  volumnes,  which  include  all  electrical  patents 
from  the  commencement  to  June  30,1888,  together  with  indexes  of 
the  same.,  have  been  forwarded  to  and  received  at  the  Laboratory. 
The  electrical  patents  for  the  year  July  l,1888to  June  30,1889, 
comprising  10  volunnes,are  at  the  Government  Bindery,  and  will  be 
ready  about  the  end  of  September.  As  soon  as  these  are  received 
by  me,  they  shall  be  forwarded  to  the  Laboratory.  The  other 
patents,  from  July  1,1889  to  June  30,1891,  are  now  in  my  office 
in  loose  form  ready  for  binding.  1  will  have  these  bound  and  for¬ 
warded  to  you  as  soon  as  possible.  I  trust  that  the  progress 
which  has  been  made  in  this  foatt'er.-,  as  abcftfe,  is  satisfactory  to 
you.  Will  you  kindly  show  this  "letter  to  Mr.  Kenelly  so  that  he 
may  be  informed  as  to  how  the  matter  stands  at  ;present. 

■  Very  truly  yours, 

With  this  is  a  copy  of  a  letter  from  Mr.  Clark  re¬ 
garding  his  tests  at  the  Laboratory. 

I  believe  that  there  should  be  ..a  storage  battery  at  the 
Laboratory,  and  if  you  wilk'Scommend  it.  Kill  ask  the  Edison 
General  Co.  to  have  one  installed  as  a  charge  against  Lamp  Testing. 

General  Manager. 

One  enc. 



Now  York,  Oct,  R  0,1891 

P.  R.  Upton,  Esq., 

Edison  Gen'l  Elect.  Oo., 

Harrison,  N.  J. 

My  Dear  Sir:- 

I  have  been  doing  some  work  in  ro.  Edisons'  Patent  No. 

251,048  for  "System  of  Electric  Lighting",  that  has  to  do 
with  lamps  of  different  candle-powers  on  the  same  circuit. 

Nino  Sawyer-Man  lamps  were  procured  and  it  is  necessary 
to  ascertain  for  the  purpose  of  a  suit  that  some  of  them  vary  in 
radiating  surface  inversely  as  their  hot  resistance. 

I  have  made  prclimenary  tests  at  the  Laboratory,  observ¬ 
ing  the  candle-power  at  various  angles  and  at  the  E.M.P/  marked  on 
the  lamps,  and  also  at  the  E.M.P.  which  would  give  the  rated  candle 
power  with  the  loop  at  forty-five  degrees,  noting  also  the  amperes. 

I  also  measured  the  diameters  of  the  filaments  with  a 
microscope  with  micrometer  attacliment.  This  had  to  bo  done 
through  the  glass  enclosing  globe  beoause  I  did  not  care  to  de- 
stro}r  the  lamps  before  obtaining  approximate  results  upon  which  to 
base  a  course  of  exact  tests  and  measurements. 

A  serious  difficulty  was  experienced  which  would  pre¬ 
clude  the  possibility  of  obtaining  final  results  sufficiently  ac¬ 
curate  for  the  purpose  required.  The  engine  at  the  Laboratory  is 
very  unsteady  when  as  well  looked  after  as  it  can  be,  and  the  can¬ 
dle-power,  current  and  voltage  are  continually  fluctuating.  It  is 


impossible  to  take  simultaneous  readings  of  the  throe  factors,  and 
be  certain  that  they  are  simultaneous  and  that  one  of  the  three 
(say  tile  II  .M.F. )  is  at  the  right  point.  With  those  high  economy 
lamps  a  si ight  variation  in  pressure  makes  a  Great  difference 
in  candle-power,  and  the  result  is  particularly  uncertain  because 
we  are  not  after  gross  results,  but  the  difference  between  them. 

I  mentioned  this  to  Mr.  Meadowcroft  and  he  told  me  that  it  had  beer 
for  a  long  tine  apparent  to  you  that  the  Laboratory  plant  was  not 
suited  to  exact  work  and  that  you  had  talked  of  having  a  storage 
battery  for  the  purpose  of  accurate  work.  With  that  I  have  no¬ 
thing  to  do,  but  can  say  that  I  wish  I  had  found  one  there  with 
which  to  do  this  work.  Can  you  suggest  any  way  out  of  the  diffi¬ 
culty  ?  I  did  not  go  to  the  Lamp ‘'factory,  assuming  that  you 

would  not  be  as  well  fixed  there,  for  as  accurate  work  as  is  re¬ 
quired,  as  at  the  Laboratory. 

If  you  are,  1  will  do  the  work  at  the  Factroy. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed!  Chas.  L.  Clarke. 

44  &J'/rmr/.4%Kec4{x 


-Nov ,^28  ,.-1891. 

Thomas  A,  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  New  Jersey, 

X  am  sending  you  by  express  to-day  a  case  containing 
Volumes  66  to  75  inclusive  of  United  States  Patents  relating  to 
Electricity j issued  from  July  1st.  1S88  to  June  30th.  1889,  these 
ten  Volumes  being  in  continuation  of  those  which  have  been  hereto¬ 
fore  sent  you. 

The  loose  patents  comprising  those  issued  from  July  1st, 
1889  to  July  1st.  1891  are  now  in  my  office  and- are  being  arranged 
in  the  proper  classification  for  the  binder.  This  is  now  receiving 
attention,  and  this  classification  can  probably  be  completed  in 
a  week  or  ten  days,  after  which  it  will  require  about  two  weeks 
for  the  binding  and  then  the  Volumes  will  be  sent  out  to  you,  thus 
bringing  your  set  up  to  July  1st.  1891. 

Trusting  the  above  will  be  satisfactory  I  remain 
Very  truly  yours, 

General  Counsel,  E.G.E.Co. 

1892.  Dick  (A.B.)  Company  (D-92-01) 

Tins  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  mimeograph  business  of  the  A.B. 
Dick  Co.  Some  of  the  letters  pertain  to  the  unauthorized  use  of  Edison’s  name  by  J.  Lewis  Young,  who  had 
established  a  company  to  sell  mimeographs  in  England.  There  are  also  letters  concerning  A.B.  Dick’s  possible 
entiy  into  the  phonograph  sales  business,  an  annual  financial  statement  for  the  company,  correspondence 
about  royalty  payments,  and  samples  of  mimeograph  duplication. 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  General  (D-92-02) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  covering  a  wide  variety  of  subjects.  Some  of  the 
material  relates  to  personal  matters.  Also  included  are  documents  that  deal  with  more  than  one  subj'ect,  such 
as  a  letter  about  both  the  battery  and  the  phonograph.  Documents  concerning  subjects  that  do  not  fall  under 
the  main  subject  categories  are  also  filed  in  this  folder.  Among  the  items  is  a  12-pagc  letter  by  Alfred  O.  Tate 
diocu^ing  the  affairs  of  various  Edison  companies.  There  are  also  a  number  of  letters  from  George  P. 
Lathrop  who  collaborated  with  Edison  on  a  science  fiction  novel  called  Progress,  and  correspondence  from 
the  law  firm  of  Eaton  &  Lewis  regarding  Edison’s  desire  to  sever  business  connections  with  them  Other 
documents  refer  to  security  problems  at  the  Menlo  Park  laboratory  and  to  the  business  of  the  Sims-Edison 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Accounts  (D-92-03)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  documents  relating  to  Edison’s  personal  and  business  finances.  Among  the 
documents  are  lists  of  accounts  payable  for  July  and  August. 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Articles  (D-92-04) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  requesting  Edison  to  write  articles;  correspondence 
relating  to  articles  about  Edison  or  his  inventions;  and  letters  from  journalists  seeking  to  interview  Edison 
Also  included  is  a  draft  in  Edison’s  hand  of  a  proposed  article  on  the  tariff  issue. 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Autograph  and  Photograph  Requests  (D-92-0S)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  requesting  Edison’s  autograph  or  asking  for  his  photograph. 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Book  and  Journal  Orders  (D-92-Ofi)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  relating  to  the  ordering  of  books  and  journals. 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Clubs  and  Societies  (D-92-07) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  Edison’s  membership  and  activities  in 
social  dub.  and  professional  societies.  Included  is  a  letter  regarding  a  proposed  electrical  society  in 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Employment  (D-92-08) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  from  or  about  employees  and  former  or  prospective  employees.  There 
are  also  letters  of  recommendation  in  support  of  individuals  seeking  employment.  Most  of  the  correspondence 
relates  to  employment  requests  for  the  West  Orange  laboratoiy  or  various  Edison  companies 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Family  (D-92-09) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  by  and  about  Edison’s  family.  Included  are  letters 
from  James  Symington,  a  friend  of  the  family  who  was  traveling  with  Edison’s  father,  Samuel.  Other  letters 
by  Sherburne  B.  Eaton,  Edison’s  attorney,  relate  to  the  estate  of  Mary  Stilwcll  Edison  and  the  assignment  of 
a  mortgage  to  Helen  (Nellie)  Edison,  widow  of  Edison’s  brother,  William  Pitt.  There  are  also  several  requests 
for  money  and  personal  favors  from  various  relatives  and  a  note  from  Edison  regarding  the  monthly  stipend 
he  provided  his  daughter  Marion. 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Financial  (D-92-10) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  Edison’s  personal  investments  and  other 
financial  interests.  Most  of  the  items  are  from  Woerishoffer  &  Co.,  one  of  the  brokerage  firms  handling 
Edison’s  investments.  There  arc  also  a  few  letters  from  Drcxcl,  Morgan  &  Co.  and  two  summary  balance 
statements  of  Edison’s  accounts  with  the  two  firms. 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Outgoing  Correspondence  (D-92-11) 

This  folder  contains  copies  of  outgoing  correspondence  similar  to  the  material  found  in  the  Lctterbook  Series. 
Most  of  the  letters  cover  the  period  Junc-Dccember  1892  and  pertain  to  electric  lighting,  the  kinctograph,  ore 
milling,  the  phonograph,  and  other  technical  and  business  interests.  Included  arc  numerous  letters  regarding 
Edison  s  exhibit  at  the  World's  Columbian  Exposition  in  Chicago.  Also  included  arc  personal  letters  to  family 
members  and  items  relating  to  visits  and  interviews  with  Edison.  Most  of  the  correspondence  is  by  Edison’s 
private  secretary,  Alfred  O.  Tate.  Unsigned  letters  have  been  attributed  to  Edison,  Tate,  or  Thomas  Maguire 
(Tate’s  secretary),  depending  on  their  content. 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Real  Estate  (D-92-12)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  relating  to  the  sale  of  land  and  buildings.  Included  is  an  inquiry 
from  a  Boston  manufacturer  regarding  the  lease  of  unused  Edison  factory  buildings  in  West  Orange. 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Secretary  (D-92-13)  [not  filmed] 

Tit  is  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  Alfred  O.  Tate’s  role  as  Edison’s  private 
secretary,  along  with  occasional  items  pertaining  to  Tate’s  private  life.  Routine  letters  addressed  to  Tate  in 
his  capacity  as  Edison’s  sccrctmy  or  representative  that  do  not  fall  under  the  main  subject  categories  are 
generally  filed  in  this  folder.  There  are  also  several  letters  listing  the  correspondence  that  Tate  forwarded  to 
Edison  in  Ogden,  N.J.  Letters  addressed  to  Tate  that  deal  with  a  specific  subject  or  the  business  of  a  particular 
company  can  be  found  in  their  appropriate  subject  folders. 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Advice  (D-92-14) 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  suggesting  improvements  in  Edison’s  inventions,  asking  him  for 
advice  on  technical  matters,  or  requesting  his  assistance  in  improving  or  promoting  an  invention. 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Business  (D-92-1S)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  requesting  agencies  for  Edison’s  inventions,  inquiring  about  their 
purchase  or  cost,  asking  for  other  information  about  his  inventions,  or  seeking  to  do  business  with  Edison. 
Included  are  many  letters  pertaining  to  the  magnetic  ore  separator  and  to  Edison’s  instrument  for  locating 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Deafness  (D-92-16)  [not  filmed] 

“n^"S  rCqUCStS  f°r  inf°rmalion  about  thc  “**>nical  commercial  development  of  a  hearing 

auentio^  to  his^doof""'’’^ ' T,  "‘.T  ^  by  Edis0n's  work  on  thc  imProvcd  phonograph,  which  drew 
°  o  0wn  d  ??S:  ,Rolal„od  documents  can  be  found  in  D-92-44  (Phonograph  -  North  American 
i  monograph  Company  -  Subsidiary  Sales  Companies). 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Foreign  Language  (D-92-17)  [not  filmed] 

d^nimontf  COnlai"S.  r°alinc  nniranslatcd  inquiries  addressed  to  Edison.  Unsolicited  foreign-language 
n„cM  r^°mPani0  ,  y  trans  a"°nsor  English-language  summaries  can  be  found  in  other  "Edison,  T.A - 
Unsolicited  Correspondence  folders. 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Personal  (D-92-18)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  personal  requests,  fan  mail,  and  other  items  for  which  no  record  of  a  significant 
informatin>y  “,Cn  f°Und-  ,ncluded  arc  lcl“-  asking  Edison  for  edueationai  advice 

information,  loans,  charitable  contributions,  exhibits  of  his  inventions,  and  other  personal  favors.  ‘ 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Visitors  (D-92-19)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  routine  letters  of  introduction  and  requests  to  visit  Edison  or  tour  the  West  Ornnpe 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison 
mnsPnP  P"8-00'  *  8  eircuf!.ar  announcing  an  improvement  in  the  Edison-Lalande  battery  and  a 

consequent  revision  m  the  discounts  offered  to  jobbers.  There  is  also  a  letter  assigning  the  company  exclusive 
letfeVcf  •“  S0CkCt  ‘Tn'ed  by  JoSCph  Hutchinson.  formerly  of  the  Edison  General  Electric  Co.,  and  a 
^ttcr  concerning  proposed  changes  in  thc  bookkeeping  system.  Most  of  the  letters  are  addressed  to  Alfred 
O.  Tate,  general  manager. 

1892.  Edison  Manufacturing  Company  -  Accounts  (D-92-21)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  documents  relating  to  the  finances  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  Included  are  weekly 
Stitemern  Sf  WCCk  ytflnanClm  ^  payr0"  rCp°rlS  broken  down  by  dcPar*mcnts,  lists  of  bills  received,  and 
the  ImKotn  f  uCC,0U  payab  C' 0ne  *tatemenl' dated  Marc>'  24,  includes  a  comment  by  Edison  concerning 
the  imbalance  between  accounts  payable  and  receivable  in  the  Battery  Department.  ^  8 

1892.  Electric  Light  -  General  (D-92-22) 

^int^s^f|n,S“TPOndCnCC  r.C,alin8l°  0,C.C,ric  Iighlin8  aad  P°^  Included  are  letters  pertaining  to 
me  incandescent  lamp,  dynamos,  engines,  and  static  volt  meters.  6 

1892.  Electric  Light  -  Edison  Electric  Light  Company  -  General  (D-92-23) 

rh's  folder  contBins  correspondence,  reports,  and  other  documents  relating  to  thc  business  of  the  Edison 
Electric  Light  Co.  Although  this  company  became  part  of  thc  Edison  Generaf Electric  Co.  on  August  1  1890 
certain  business  operations  continued  under  the  former  name.  Many  of  the  letters  are  by  Sherburne  B  Eaton 
included^s^corresnr  PT'111"  the„f,lllag,of  thc  “mpany’s  annual  report  and  thc  assignment  of  patents.  Also 

ssiusjsr *°m  w- j-  ,c"b 

1892.  Electric  Light  -  Edison  Electric  Light  Company  -  Illuminating  Companies  (D-92-24) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence,  reports,  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  operations  of  Edison 
illuminating  companies.  Most  of  the  documents  pertain  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co. 
of  New  York.  Included  are  several  reports  by  Spencer  Trask,  president  of  the  New  York  company,  regarding 
earnings  and  operating  policies;  and  correspondence  concerning  the  exhibition  of  a  jumbo  dynamo  from  the 
1  carl  Street  station  at  the  World’s  Columbian  Exposition  in  Chicago.  There  is  also  a  letter  from  William  D. 
Marks,  president  of  the  Edison  Electric  Light  Co.  of  Philadelphia,  commenting  on  the  price  of  light  generated 
by  that  company;  and  a  comprehensive  statistical  report  surveying  the  performance  and  profitability  of 
approximately  thirty-five  central  stations. 

1892.  Electric  Light  -  Edison  Ccnernl  Electric  Company  (D-92-2S) 

Tins  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  General 
Electric  Co.  Some  of  the  letters  are  by  Sherburne  B.  Eaton,  general  counsel,  and  pertain  to  patent  assignments 
0r  ,..ap£ ''?atloas> contract  obligations,  and  other  legal  matters.  Other  documents  relate  to  the  consolidation 
of  the  Edison  General  Electric  Co.  and  the  Thomson-I  Iouston  Co.  There  are  also  letters  regarding  the  savings 
effected  by  Edison  s  lamp  improvements  and  two  summaries  of  technical  data  about  dynamos  and  motors. 

1892.  Electric  Light  -  Foreign  (D-92-26) 

Tins  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  electric  light  business  in  foreign 
countries.  There  are  several  letters  by  Sherburne  B.  Eaton,  Edison’s  personal  attorney  and  general  counsel 
to  the  Edison  Electric  Light  Co.,  pertaining  to  the  assignment  of  Edison’s  electric  light  and  electric  railway 
patents  to  the  Edison  &  Swan  United  Electric  Light  Co.,  Ltd.  Other  letters  by  Eaton  concern  the  status  of 
Canadian  and  Spanish  patents.  Also  included  is  a  series  of  letters  by  Grosvenor  P.  Lowrey,  attorney,  and 
Samuel  Flood  Page,  deputy  chairman  of  the  Edison  &  Swan  company,  regarding  a  shareholders’  dispute  with 
the  company.  r 

1892.  Electric  Light  -  General  Electric  Company  (D-92-27) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  General  Electric  Co., 
formed  in  1892  by  a  merger  of  the  Edison  General  Electric  Co.  and  the  Thomson-Houston  Electric  Co. 
Included  are  a  circular  letter  to  company  shareholders  regarding  bonds  offered  for  subscription,  a  copy  of  the 
license  agreement  used  by  the  company,  and  a  letter  pertaining  to  the  loan  of  Edison  library  material  for  use 
in  pending  litigation.  There  is  also  a  copy  of  a  letter  from  the  Wcstinghouse  Electric  and  Manufacturing  Co. 
concerning  an  agreement  between  Wcstinghouse  and  Thomson-IIouston. 

1892.  Electric  Railway  (D-92-28) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  Edison’s  involvement  in  electric  railways.  One  document 
pertains  to  changes  made  by  William  B.  Vansize  in  Edison’s  original  electric  railway  patents.  There  are  also 
World  C  l  rC  b'rd' l&h  b'C  eCtrifiCrlti0n  and  °X,CnSi0n  °f  Slr0et  railways  in  Chicago  in  preparation  for  the  1893 

1892.  Fort  Myers  (D-92-29) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining  to  the  maintenance  of  the  home  and 
property  of  Edison  at  Fort  Myers,  Florida.  The  letters  arc  by  James  Evans,  caretaker,  and  relate  to  fruits 
grown  on  the  property  and  to  the  coal  supply. 

1892.  Mining  -  Edison  Ore  Milling  Company,  Ltd.  (D-92-32) 

iments  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Ore  Milling 
ontractual  obligations  to  the  company,  patent  assignments 
rative  matters. 

1892.  Mining  -  Foreign  (D-92-33) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  mines  and  ores  to  be  bought,  sold 
worked,  or  tested.  Some  of  the  items  deal  with  the  mining  interests  of  individuals  and  companies  who  wanted 
to  lease  or  sell  property  to  Edison  or  to  have  their  ores  tested. 

1892.  Mining  -  Surveys  (D-92-35) 

This  foMer  contains  correspondence,  reports,  and  other  documents  from  Samuel  G.  Burn,  R.  D.  Casterline, 
and  Theodore  Lehmann,  who  were  retained  to  survey  domestic  mining  properties  for  Edison.  The  documents 
relate  to  properties  in  Maine,  North  Carolina,  Pennsylvania,  and  Vermont. 

of  the  letters  are  inquiries  from  the  public  seeking  information  about  the  kinetograph,  suggesting 
improvements  in  it,  or  applying  to  buy  or  rent  machines  for  exhibition  or  sales  purposes.  Also  included  is  a 
letter  from  British  inventor  William  Friese-Greene  asking  Edison’s  help  in  finding  a  position  at  the  World’s 
Columbian  Exposition  in  Chicago. 

1  .■  .  --“'-I  “““  “uu*  ciuison  s  paieni  attorneys  ana  agents,  along  with  other 

documents  relating  to  domestic  and  foreign  patent  applications,  patent  litigation,  and  other  patent  matters. 
Included  are  letters  pertaining  to  patents  for  the  electric  lamp,  the  electric  railway,  the  electric  battery,  the 
phonograph,  the  kinetograph,  the  kinetoscope,  and  ore  milling  machinery.  Many  of  the  letters  are  from  the 
law  firm  of  Dyer  &  Seely.  There  are  also  numerous  letters  by  attorney  Sherburne  B.  Eaton,  as  weU  as  reports 

by  Eaton  to  the  Patent  Litigation  Committee,  which  was  responsible  for  reviewing  the  status  of  pending 
interferences.  At  the  end  of  the  folder  is  a  printed  copy  of  the  U.S.  Patent  Office’s  Revised  Classifications  or 
Subjects  of  Invention,  with  annotations  by  Edison.  J 

1892.  Phonograph  -  Genera!  (D-92-38) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  commercial  and  technical 
development  of  the  phonograph.  Included  are  letters  pertaining  to  technical  problems  with  the  phonograph 
cylinder  and  the  use  of  the  phonograph  in  medical  and  scientific  research.  Some  of  the  letters  deal  with  the 
efforts  of  naturalist  Richard  L.  Garner  to  obtain  a  phonograph  to  record  various  African  languages.  Near  the 
end  of  the  folder  is  a  lengthy  memorandum  by  Edison  discussing  details  of  various  phonograph  contracts  for 
the  period  1887-1892.  Related  material  can  be  found  in  D-92-04  (Edison,  T.A.  -  Articles). 

1892.  Phonograph  -  Automatic  Phonograph  Exhibition  Company  (D-92-39) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Automatic 
I  honograph  Exhibition  Co.  Included  are  letters  concerning  the  company’s  lawsuit  against  the  North  American 
1  honograph  Co.,  the  repayment  of  Edison’s  loan  to  the  company,  and  the  assignment  of  Edison’s  patents  on 
coin-operated  phonographs.  Among  the  correspondents  are  Felix  Gottschalk,  president  of  the  company,  and 
oherburne  B.  Eaton,  Edison's  personal  attorney.  J 

1892.  Phonograph  -  Edison  Phonograph  Works  (D-92-40) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Phonograph 
Works.  Included  arc  letters  about  the  manufacture  and  sale  of  phonograph  cylinder  recordings.  There  arc  also 
documents  about  the  manufacture  of  coin-operated  phonographs  for  local  phonograph  companies  in  New 
Jersey,  New  York,  and  New  England.  Among  the  correspondents  is  Alfred  O.  Tate,  secretary  of  the  company. 

1892.  Phonograph  -  Foreign  -  Edison  United  Phonograph  Company  (D-92-41) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  United 
I  honograph  Co  Included  are  documents  about  the  assignment  of  Edison’s  foreign  phonograph  patents  to  the 
company  and  the  formation  of  the  Edison-Bcll  Phonograph  Corporation,  Ltd.  There  are  also  documents 
concerning  the  company’s  relationship  with  George  Gouraud  and  incursions  into  the  company’s  sales  territory 
by  local  American  phonograph  companies.  Among  the  correspondents  are  G.N.  Morison,  secretary  of  the 
company:  Stephen  F.  Moriarty,  the  company’s  agent  in  London;  Jesse  Scligman,  a  New  York  investment 
banker  who  helped  organize  the  company;  and  Sherburne  B.  Eaton,  Edison’s  attorney. 

1892.  Phonograph  -  North  American  Phonograph  Company  -  General  (D-92-42) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  of  the  North  American 
Phonograph  Co.  Included  are  letters  and  reports  about  the  organization  and  management  of  local  phonograph 
sales  agencies.  There  are  also  documents  pertaining  to  company  finances  and  to  a  dispute  with  the  Columbia 
Phonograph  Co.  over  the  use  of  a  patented  process  for  duplicating  phonograph  records.  Among  the 
correspondents  are  Alfred  O.  Tate,  vice  president;  Thomas  Butler,  treasurer;  and  J.  Adriance  Bush,  attorney 
tor  me  company.  J 

1892.  Phonograph  -  North  American  Phonograph  Company  -  Reports  (D-92-43)  [not  filmed] 

This  folder  contains  daily  reports  of  the  North  American  Phonograph  Company  relating  to  sales  rentals  and 
returns  of  phonographs.  Also  included  is  some  information  concerning  graphophoncs. 

1892.  Phonograph  •  North  American  Phonograph  Company  - 
Subsidiary  Sales  Companies  (D-92-44) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the  business  affairs  of  various  regional 
sales  companies  under  contract  with  the  North  American  Phonograph  Co.  Some  of  the  letters  are  by  local 
ormpany  officials  seeking  to  purchase  phonograph  components  or  offering  suggestions  about  technical 
improvements.  There  are  also  letters  about  the  organization  of  the  National  Phonograph  Association  and 
letters  from  the  Columbia  Phonograph  Co.  about  the  use  of  the  phonograph  in  treating  deafness. 

1892.  Phonograph  -  Talking  Doll  (D-92-45) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  concerning  the  manufacture  and  promotion  of  Edison’s  talking  doll  Most 
of  the  documents  relate  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Manufacturing  Co.,  which  marketed 
the  doll.  Some  of  the  letters  pertain  to  contract  litigation  between  the  Toy  Manufacturing  Co.  and  the  Edison 
Phonograph  Works.  There  are  also  documents  about  Edison’s  contractual  obligations  to  the  Toy 
Manufacturing  Co.  and  about  the  payment  of  foreign  patent  annuities.  Among  the  correspondents  are  John 
W.  Mackintosh,  president  of  the  Toy  Manufacturing  Co.;  Sherburne  B.  Eaton,  Edison’s  attorney;  and  Alfred 
O.  Tate,  Edison’s  secretary. 

1892.  Telegraph  -  General  (D-92-46) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  the  technical  and  commercial  development  of  the  telegraph. 
Some  of  the  letters  concern  the  case  of  Welch  v.  Edison.  There  are  also  two  letters  by  William  F.  Taylor, 
division  operator  of  the  Pennsylvania  Railroad,  seeking  Edison’s  assistance  in  developing  an  underground 
telegraph  cable  for  the  railroad.  6 

1892.  Telegraph  -  Phonopiex  (D-92-47) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining  to  the  Edison  Phonopiex  System  of 
Telegraphy.  Most  of  the  documents  relate  to  the  installation  of  phonopiex  circuits  on  various  American  and 
Canadian  railroads.  Some  of  the  items  deal  with  the  problem  of  finding  suitable  batteries,  condensers,  and 
other  components.  Much  of  the  correspondence  is  by  W.S.  Logue,  field  agent  for  the  phonopiex  system.  Most 
of  Logue  s  letters  are  addressed  to  Edison’s  secretary,  Alfred  O.  Tate.  Tate  served  as  the  company’s  electrician 
and  oversaw  its  daily  business  operations.  Edison  himself  was  only  tangentially  involved  in  phonopiex 
operations,  and  very  few  letters  to  or  from  him  can  be  found  in  this  folder.  The  case  study  approach  begun 
in  1887  continues  for  the  Pennsylvania  Railroad.  Substantive  items  relating  to  the  operation  of  the  phonopiex 
on  that  railroad  have  been  selected,  as  well  as  one  letter  from  Edison  to  Albert  B.  Chandler,  president  and 
general  manager  of  the  Postal  Telegraph  Cable  Co.,  soliciting  phonopiex  business.  Related  documents  can  be 
found  in  D-92-20  (Edison  Manufacturing  Company  -  General). 

1892.  West  Orange  Laboratory  (D-92-48) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence,  reports,  and  other  documents  relating  to  experimentsand  tests  conducted 
at  the  West  Orange  laboratoiy.  Also  included  are  draft  versions  of  letters  in  Edison’s  hand  that  pertain  to 
tests,  supplies,  and  other  matters.  There  are  also  letters  from  Sherburne  B.  Eaton  regarding  bound  volumes 
of  patents  purchased  for  Edison’s  library. 

1892.  Dick  (A.B.)  Company  (D-92-01) 

Thls  fo'der  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
mimeograph  business  of  the  A.B.  Dick  Co.  Some  of  the  letters  pertain  to  the 

acomnanZer  “n  °f  EdiS°n’S  name  by  J'  Lewis  Young>  who  had  established 
a  company  to  sell  mimeographs  in  England.  There  are  also  letters  concerning 
fin,  ?lcks  Fusible  entry  into  the  phonograph  sales  business,  an  annual 
fmancml  statement  for  the  company,  correspondence  about  royalty  payments 
,Sraf.°f  mimeograph  duplication.  Some  of  the  material  may  be 
partially  illegible  due  to  water  damage  or  faded  ink.  7 

f  ,,  Appr°Ximately  70  Percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine 
correspondence  regarding  stock  dividends  and  bonds;  meeting  announcements- 

in“dec°edrmaS.  acknow,ed8eme"ti  Opiate  information 

152-154-  LAKE  STREET.  CHICAGO. 

Mr.  Thomas  A,  Edison, 

Orange ,  H  J, 

Bear  Sir:— Enclosed  please  find  our  oheak  #612 >, 
on  '.he  Chathan  Natl. Bank  of  New  York  City  in  the  sum  of  $938.91  to 
cover  royalties  on  Mimeographs  sold  by  us  during  the  quarter  ending 
January  1st,  1892,  as  per  contraot; 

1227  Mimeographs  at  75*  $920*25 

534  Mimeographs , Exported, 5*  26.70  $946k95 

Amount  of  repairs  193.51 

Less  our  invoice  Nov.  28th 

Please  acknowledge  receipt, and  oblige 
Yours  truly, 


$956.  61 

$938.  91, 



Mr.  T&anas  A.  Edison, 
Orange ,  N.  j. 

labo  r-^&vtrjg  Office  'Device^. 

'—’fECElX^  Juu  2„,  a892. 

fe.  ,:bfci  l-lUi)2  ' 

Dear  Sir:--i  have  your,  telegram  of  even  date  as 


“When  you  are  in  New  York  come^over  and  see  me,  answer", 
and  have  replied  as  below;  ! 

"Expect  to  be  in  New  York,middle  next  month,  and  will  see 

hone  Thomas  Alva  Kdis< 

"»&“/  />' 

Dear  Sir, 

*  <4Lm>  ,ssu 

**(  KC.  20th  Apri  l  rW  ft- 

e  r  s  e  y  , 

|  ,S  .A  . 

fidison  Mimeograph  Company  - 

Your  letter  of  the  9th  instant  addressed  to  our  Mr  A  .0 
Renshav;  has  been  received  by  us  in  Mr  Renshaws  absence  in  Spain  and 
we  have  to-day  written  Mr  Young  the  letter  of  which  we  enclose  you 
copy, and  also  called  upon  him  and  seen  both  him  and  his  Manager. - 
Mr  Young  states  that  he  has  in  building  up  the  business 
he  is  now  conducting, continuously  used  the  Trade  name  complained  of 
during  the  last  -chree  years, than  he  has  registered  it  in  this  Coun¬ 
try  as  a  Trade  Mark  and  for  Copyright  purposes, that  he  has  spent 
large  sums  for  advertising  the  apparatus, (some  of  the  advertisements 
still  having  10  or  11  months  to  run), and  that  he  has  repeatedly 
written  you  asking  if  you  had  any  objection  to  the  use  of  the  name 
and  that  he  is  prepared  to  discontinue  the  use  of  the  name  on  recei¬ 
ving  an  undertaking  that  it  will  not  be  used  by  others  to  reap  the 
benefit  of  the  business  created  by  him, but  that  otherwise  he  will 
defend  his  position. - 

Mr  Young  further  stated  that  he  has  been  lecturing  for 
many  years  as  to  your  inventions  and  regarding  yourself, and  that 
he  should  be  exceedingly  sorry  that  any  misunderstanding  should 
take  place  between  you, but  that  he  is  advised  by  eminent  Counsel 
that  he  has  by  use  acquired  a  right  to  the  use  of  the  name, and  more¬ 
over,  that  he  has  good  grounds  to  justify  his  claiming  against  others 
using  the  title  complained  of  in  this  Country. 



Mr  Young  also  informed  us  that  he  should  write  you  direct 
the  subject  as  he  considers  that  (as  in  the  case  of  the  litiga- 
n  he  has  lately  been  engaged  in), no  good  can  result  to  any  of 
se  concerned  by  enlightening  the  public  in  regard  to  the  process 

In  conclusion, you  might  experience  some  difficulty  in 
restraining  Mr  Young  from  using  your  name  your  name  in  connection 
with  the  Mimeograph, but  if  he  has  registered  the  words  -Edison 
Mimeograph-, as  his  Trade  Mark, we  think  you  might  succeed  in  having 
the  Trade  Mark  expunged  from  the  Register.  My  Young  says  ttat 

the  Machines  he  sells  are  supplied  to  him  by  the  A  .B  .Pick  Cov 
and  have  the  words  -Edison  Mimeograph-  engraved  upon  them, so  that 
to  that  extent  it  is  true  that  he  sells  -Edison  Mimeographs - 
Yours  truly 


2  Suffolk 
E  .C 

Lewis  Young  Esq 
67  Fore  Street, 
E  .C 

lane,  London, 

.  20th  April  1892. 


We  are  instructed  by  Mr  Thomas  Alva 
Edison  of  Orange,  Hew  Jersey,  U  ,S  ,A  . 

that  you  are  conducting  business  under  the 
or  style 

namejtof  the  "Edison  Mimeograph  Company  and 
and  that  you  are  'entirely  un-authorised  by 
Mr  Edison  to  incorporate  his  name  in  the 
title  of  your  Company, - 

Mr  Edison  instructs  us  to  ask  you  to 
immediately  dis-continue  the  use  of  his 
name  and  we  would  ask  you  to  kindly  notify 
us  by  return  of  post  that  it  is  your 
intention  to  refrain  from  using  Mr  Edisons 
name  in  combination  with  yo\ir  Mimeograph 
Company. - 

Yours  faithfully 
Renshaw  Kekewich  &  Co 

A.  Bo  Dick  Company. 

.  ...  ^  the  annual  meeting  of-  -Me  .  Stockholders 

Company  held  this  day,  the  following  Directors  were  elect¬ 
ed  for  the  ensuing  year:  v- 


A.  B.  Dick,  • 

H.  E.  Dick,  W 

E.  E.  Dick, 

W.  G.  Arnold. 

The  enclosed  statement  of  the  past  years 
read,  approved  and  ordered  placed  on  file. 

business  Teas 

At  the  annual  meeting  of  the 
after  the  meeting  of  the  Stockholders, 
elected  for  one  year. 

Directors'  held  immediately 
the  following  officers  were 

A.  B.  Dick,  President  ft  Treasurer, 
H.  E.  Dick,  Vice  President, 

E.  E.  Dick,  Secretary. 

dlTX  of  ^n  per  cent  (lotf)  was  declared  on  both 

1st  nS  and  tiThpi Stook>  air‘ount  inC  to  $15,000.00  payable  June 
ini  ?  balance  of  the  NET  GAIN  for  the  year,  amount - 

Surplus^ac count ^  WaS  ^  to  be  plaoed  to  the  credit  of  the 

3  pro:f:it  durlnS  the  past  year  of  $62,096.23  we  have 
Eier+f?  bp6d  0  aoqulre  a  controlling  interest  in  the  Gilliland 
facturefl  ’  01  +  Adrian«  Mioh-  <^®re  our  goods  have  been  manu¬ 

factured  for  the  past  four  years)  without  calling  upon  the  Stock- 
,or  subscriptions,  op  poa.i^oTro^L 

eyeB„  •  The  Comparative  Statement  this  year  shows  a  large  in- 

prospect  ft  ^Sa  nd  Pr°fitS  °Ver  any  previ™s  year,  and  the 
prospect  for  the  coming  year  is  encouraging. 

Yours  very  truly, 

H.  E.  Dick, 

_  Vice  President. 


Statement  of  the  business  of  the  A. 
for  the  year  ending  April  goth.  1892. 

Sales  of  Mdse,  for  the  year, 
Less  Mdse,  returned, 

Less  Allowances  in  settlements, 
Net  amount  Mdse.  sold 

0  2,663.75 



-  3.552.81 


Cost  of  Mdse. sold  and  on  hand 
including  Labor  and  Material, 

Less  inventory  of  stock  on  hand, 
Actual  SHOP  COST  of  Mdse. sold, 

Add  Royalties  paid  on  same, 

Total  cost  of  Mdse. sold, 

Less  Cash  discount  on  material 

Net  cost  of  Mdse. sold. 
GROSS  PROPIT  for  the  year 






1,106. 50 

_ 84,018.95 


Salary  account, 

Expense  account  proper, 

Advertising  * 

New  York  Expense  account, 
Philadelphia  "  “ 

Collection  "  " 

Interest  Si  Exchange" 

Commission  Account, 

Total  General  Expense-. 

ACTUAL  PROFIT  on  MflHa-Hnir 


'  ’>£1,004. i5": 

8,422.  94 





_ 56,346.27 

Patent  Litigation  Expense, 

Accounts  charged  to  Profit  and  Loss 
for  the  year, 

Add  amount  royalties  received  from 
Licensees , 

ACTUAL  NET  GAIN  fay  the  year- 

Add  undivided  profits  in  surplus 

Total  undivided  profits 
April  1892, 

480.34  9,773.02 


1, 312. 16 

24.867.08 _ 



Statement  of  Assets  and  Liabilities  of 
A.  B.  Dick  Company.  April  30tlu  1898. 


Cash  on  hand. 

Accounts  and  Bills  Receivable 
"Mdse. on  hand  as  per  Inventory 
Office  Fixtures  at  Chicago, 
New  York  and  Philadelphia , 
Gilliland  Electric  Co.  Stock, 
Pomeroy  Duplicator  Stock, 
V/orld's  Columbian  Expo. Stock, 
Patents  and  Contract  account, 
Total  Assets. 

$  13,630.49 








Accounts  we  owe  ,  11,191.68 

Bills  payable,  4,000.00 

Capital  Stock,  150,000.00 

Undivided  Profits  in 

Surplus  account,  24,867.08 

Undivided  Profits  earned  in 
year  ending  April  30th, 1892,  62,096.22 

Total  Liabilities.  252.154. 


Comparative  Statement  of  Sales  for  the  years  ending 
April  gQth,  1889,  1890,  1891,  1892. 

Total  net  sales 
Total  net  sales 
Total  net  sales 
Total  net  sales 

for  year  ending 
for  year  ending 
for  year  ending 
for  year  ending 

April  30th,  1889, 
April  30th,  1890, 
April  30th,  1891, 
April  30th,  1892, 

$  79,422.28 

Comparat ive  Statement  of  Net  Profits  for  the  years 

ending  April  30th,  1889,  1890,  1891,  1892. 

Total  net 
Total  net 
Total  net 
Total  net 

profits  for  year  ending  April ;3o,  1889, 
profits  for  year  ending  April  30,  1890, 
profits  for  year  ending  April  30,  1891, 
profits  for  year  ending  April  30,  1892, 





Menlo  Park,  N.  J. 

My.. Bear  Sir:-  ’  '2  V  r_ 

A***T£a  2. 

If  agreeable  to  Mr.  Edison  will  you  kindly  have  him  wri(/^Z- 
in  his  own  handwriting  a  short  stencil  of  about  10  lines  on  the 
Mimeograph  and  send  to  us?  We  would  like  to  have  so, re  specimens 
of  Mimeograph  work  if  possible  in  his  own  handwriting. 

We  sincerely  trust  that  you  ray  find  it  consistent  with 
your  custom  to  favor  us  as  intimated. 

Very  truly  yours, 

Dictated  II,  to  B 


We  are  extensive  advertisers,  and  spend  a  great  deal  of  money 
in  printer’s  ink,  but  we  spend  twice  the  amount  on  postage  stamps- 
•  ^  and  postal  cards  in  personal  and  individual  advertising..  Newspa¬ 

pers,  magazines  and  weeklies  are  fine  mediums,  through  which  to 
7  reach  the  trade",  but  our  experience  ,  has  been  quite  exten. 

sive,  has  taught  us  the  value  of  the  circular,,  personally  address¬ 
ed  type-written  circulars  and  postal  cards  as  business  searchers.- 
In -this,  we  use  our  own-  EDISON  MIMEOGRAPH,  as  you  are  doubt¬ 
less  aware;  if  this  has  been  a  good  thing  for  us,  it  will  effect- 
like  results  for  you,  and  we  venture  to  give  you  this  suggestion 
as  to  the  best  manner  of  conducting  this  system  of  advertising. 
This  is  Mimeograph  work.  Send  for  circular  and  specimens. 

A.  B.  Dick  Company, 

.  '  #117  S.  5th  St.,  Philadelphia,  Pa. 

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Ur,  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  j. 

Dear  Sir: — \fe  beg  Lo  thank  you  for  your  favor  of 

the  28th  inst,  in  regard  to  the  purchase  of  a  Phonograph. 

Answering  your  favor  of  the  27th  inst.  in  regard  to  an  .auto¬ 
graphic  stencil  written  by  Mr.  Edison  we  beg  to  soy  that  we  have  never 
made  a  request  for  such  a  stencil.  It  must  have  come  through  some  of 
our  other  offices  as  it  did  not  em&nate  from  this  one. 

Yours  very  truly, 

RE  CE.[V 


JE  OSY,  ANTWERP.  "  C/'/P' 

^j£,C E I  X!  ist,  1892. _ £&_ 

f  fi!r*  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.Y.  Aas’dZ. _  _J' 

hear  Sir :--Enclosea  please  find  our  cheek  #<381 
.  on  the  Chatham  national  sank  of  New  Yo/it  City  in  the  sum  of  $660.00 
in  full  of  annual  dividend  of  107=  on/sixty  six  (66)  shares  of  stock’, 
Registered  in  your  name  on  our  boo^s,  as  specified  in  receipt  herewith 
which  please  sign  and  return, 

’  irs  veiy  truly, 

Enclosure.  ,  /  •  /^P) 

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qra  ^^^^§^rnoSmVh, 

32  LIBERTYrltf'NEW  YORK.  and  °tber  . 

Mr.  Thomas  A..  Edison. 

'^>/^..  July  21,1892. _ £p_ 

Hear  Sir:- -Enclosed  please  find  our  check  #714  on 
;:  the  Chatham  National  Bank  of  Hew  York  City  in  the  sum  of  $670.70  to 
.cover  royalty  on  Mimeographs  sold  by  us  during  the  quarter  ending 
July  1st,  1892,  as  per  contract; 

845  Mimeographs  sold  in  United  States  at  75*,  $  653.75 
579  Mimeographs  Exported  at  5*  28.95 

5*  on  supplies  (plates)  $160.15,  8. 00 

Please  acknowledge  receipt, and  oblige 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  n.  j. 

Dear  Sir:— Your  favor  of  late  date  accompanied 
by  reoeipt  from  the  Am.  Surety  Company  in  the  sum  of  $10.00  for  renewal 

of  Bond  in  the  case  of  Edison  vs  Klaber  was  duly  received,  andwe  beg 
to  state  that  it  is  not  necessary  to  have  this  Bond  renewed. 

We  are  in  correspondence  with  the  Am.  surety  Company  and 
expect  to  have  the  sum  refunded  to  you  promptly,  if  not,  we  will 
it  good  ourselves. 

Yours  truly, 

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Orange,  N.  J. 

Hy  Bear  Tate  X  have  your  favor  of  the  4th  ins  t.  and 
note  also  the  letter  received  from  Mr.  Edison  in  reference  to  the  Phone 
graph  business.  I  am  well  satisfied  to  keep  out  of  the  Phonograph 
business  if  there  is  nothing  in  it  for  me,  as  ny  present  business 
takes  up  a  good  share  of  the  time,  and  I  cannot  with- hold  my  attention 
from  it  without  sacrificing  some  of  the  profits. 

I  do  not  know  exactly  when  I  will  be  in  New  York  again,  but 
prpbably  not  before  the  first  of  the  year. 

Very  Truly  Yours,//’  * 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  General  (D-92-02) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  covering  a 
wide  variety  of  subjects.  Some  of  the  material  relates  to  personal  matters. 
Also  included  are  documents  that  deal  with  more  than  one  subject,  such  as  a 
letter  about  both  the  battery  and  the  phonograph.  Documents  concerning 
subjects  that  do  not  fall  under  the  main  subject  categories  are  also  filed  in 
this  folder.  Among  the  items  is  a  12-page  letter  by  Alfred  O.  Tate  discussing 
the  affairs  of  various  Edison  companies.  There  are  also  a  number  of  letters 
from  George  P.  Lathrop,  who  collaborated  with  Edison  on  a  science  fiction 
novel  called  Progress,  and  correspondence  from  the  law  firm  of  Eaton  &  Lewis 
regarding  Edison’s  desire  to  sever  business  connections  with  them.  Other 
documents  refer  to  security  problems  at  the  Menlo  Park  laboratoiy  and  to  the 
business  of  the  Sims-Edison  Electric  Torpedo  Co. 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed. 



£RAZAR  &  00.,  YOKOHAMA, 


My  dear  Mr.  Edison  : 


IS4  roAmBi^  Sendee®, 

New  Yoi^K.Jan.  2»  1892. 

teUjn&s  <S~T  18  //  ^ 



Tho  enclosed  cutting  from  the  "London  &  China  Telegraph"  will 
I  think  interest  you,  as  it  is  directly  in  the  line  of  the  busi¬ 
ness  placed  in  my  hand  some  time  Binoe  whereby  I  forwarded  for  you 
to  my  friend,  the  Hon.  Isaac  T.  Smith,  Consul  Qeneral  for  Siam, 
then  visiting  the  King  of  that  country,  samples  of  precious  stones. 

MW.  Smith  has  just  returned  and  called  upon  me.  Instead  of 
sending  the  reply  for  which  I  have  long  been  looking,  through  my 
hands,  as  I  had  anticipated,,  he  tells  me  he  answered  your  letter 
direct.  .This,  therefore,  explains  my  apparent  neglect  of  the  mat¬ 
ter  since  receipt  of  your  first  letter  handing  me  samples  of  the 
precious  stones  desired.  Please  say  whether  Mr.  Smith’s  letter 
reached  you  and  whether  it  was  satisfactory,  also  whether  you 

would  like  me  to  see  him  and  arnange  for  a  meeting,  either  at  the 
my  0ffi0e•  He  18  a  sentletnan  of  leisure,  a  v 
very  chatty,  interesting  person,  and  you  would.  X  think,  be  glad 
to  meet  him,  ’  a 

ofl  y  fii^^  return  t*ie  enclosed  article  after  perusal  for  placing 

With  the  compliments  of  the  season  and  beBt  wisheB  for  the 
enlargement  of  our  nutual  interests  in  China  and  Japan  during  the 
present  year,  believe  me,  “ 

Thos.  A.  Edison  Esq. , 

Yours  very  truly, 


A  The  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of  New  York. 

General  Offices,  Pearl '  cor.  Elm  St. 

Hovr  fork,  5  January,  1392. 

A.  0.  Tate  ,  Esq. , 

Private  Secretary. 

Orange,  N.  Jersey, 

A'  ^EIVEq 

!  JANJ^ 

-  Mr.  R.  R.  Bov/ker,  First  Vice  President,  airi 
1  to  ask  if  you  can  give  him  any  information  concern: 

enclosed,  thereby  obliging  a  friend  c 

Very  truly  yours. 

\r. oJj#  ' 

JL*.  O.  L .  ^-“1^ 

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Dear  Mr.  Edison: 


Now  York  City,  Jan.  6th,  1892. 


I  JAN  7-1892 

May  Meado<Wft*g£i_jise  your-name  as  stated  in  this 

If  agreeable  ,  will  you  kindly  sign  your  name  at  the 
bottom  of  the  first  page  where  it  is  traced  in  lead  pencil? 

The  only  Notary  we  have  in  our  office  is  just  leav¬ 
ing,  so  we  are  now  absolutely  without  any.  We  use  your  name  in¬ 
stead  of  ours  because  we  think  that  the  chances. of  getting  the  ap¬ 
pointment  are  better  if  your  name  is  uaed. 

Very  truly  yours. 


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proved  machinery  for  concentrating  and  reducing  ores  that  have 
heretofore  been  difficult  to  treat.  Wo  hone  the  report  is  true. 

Since  you  wore  hero  1  have  purchased  a  controlling  interest 
m  the  Charlotte  Chronicle  and  to  whatever  extent  the  publication 
of  your  plans  would  not  interfere  with  them  I  would  bo  glad  if  you 
would  write  me  the  facts  for  use  as  news  in  the  paper. 

Your  eminent  distinction  as  a  practical  scientist  makes  both 
you  and  your  movements  always  interesting  and  any  account  of  work 
you  propose  to  do  in  their  section  would  be  especially  interest¬ 
ing  to  all  the  ronucrs  of  the  Chronicle. 

Kid  you  ever  make  any  experiments  with  the  cotton  seed  oil  I 
sent  up? 

We  have  abandoned  the  use  of  Sicillian  sulphur  at  our  works 
and  now  but*  Pyrites.  We  have  been  looking  for  some  Gold  sulphu- 
rots  rich  enough  in  sulphur  to  burn  and  my  partner,  Mr.  Oliver, 
thinks  he  has  a  couple  of  mines  that  are  all  right  for  sulphur’ if 

Wo  are  pumping  one  of  them  out  now  and  will  have  enough  ore 
to  try  in  three  or  four  weeks. 

Yours  vory  truly, 

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"D  TTri  r~  'f#-  edison building; 


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Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq., 

Eea  r  Sip ;  — 

Permit  me  t o  make  the  following  report  of 
the  account  of  my  firm  with  you  for  the  year  1891:- 
_  .  i  existin®  contract  with  you  for  professional  service, 

provides  that  out  of  our  annual  salary  of  §2,000.,  the  cash  dis- 
bursements  for  all  matters  other  than  litigated  business,  shall  be 
paid.  For  the  year  1891,  the  cash  disbursements  made  on  your  po- 
lef t  appears  our  b0°ks,  anounted  to  §853.04.  That 

lett  about  ?1150.  as  payment  for  services  for  the  year. 

As  appears  by  my  letter  to  you  dated  January  16th.,  1891. 

°^r  *  Inr«8ements  for  the  P1,evious  year  were  §1061.77,  leaving 
about  §9j0.  as  payment  for  services  for  the  year  1890.  Prom  this 
you  will. see  that  our  salary  has  been  more  remunerat ive  to  us 
for  the  year  1891  than  for  the  year  1890. 

tVl.  „  ,Lenclose  an  itemized  list  of  the  cash  disbursements  ibr 
the  year  1891,  amounting  as  afordsaid  to  §853.04.  In  the  early 
months  of  the  year,  the  charge  for  stenography  etc.  is  heavy.  Our 
bookkeeper  made  a  mistake  and  charged  up  disbursements  for  liti- 
!  .uUSlneSS’  asainst  the  annual  salary.  You  will  remember 
that  the  salary  does  not  cover  litigation.  I  could  now  go  back 
and  take  out  those  items  which  were  thus  incorrectly  charged  against 
our  salary,  but  really  is  it  worth  while?  As  the  mattefltw!.? 
it  is  a  loss  to  us  and  a  gain  to  you.  Instead  of  bothering  fur- 

obiLf  .we.sha;L1  let  At  stand  s°-  Of  course,  you  will  not 

object  as  it  is  in  your  interest. 

fln„  l9tme  say  that  “  is  a  Pleasure  to  serve  you, 

and  that  we  hope  .our  services  hase  given  you  satisfaction.  We 
are  satisfied  if  you  are. 

Very  truly  yours 



Uew  York,  January  20,  1S92. 

lm'  0P  DISBURSEMENTS  FfflE  THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  from  January 
1st,  1891,  to  December  Slst,  1891. 

Jan.  10 

Re  Lippincott  Note  -  Protest  fees, 



19  Messenger  service, 

28  Telephone  service  during  month, 

30;  One -third  of  expenses  of  S.  B.  Eaton  to  Orange, 

31  Postage  account  during  month, 

Stenography,  typewriting  and  copying  during  month, 

Feb. 28  Postage  account  during  month, 

Stenography,  typewriting  and  copying  during  month, 

Mch.23  Three  N ew  Jersey  blank  Deeds, 

28  Engrossing  Deeds, 

31;  Postage  account  during  month, 

!  Stenography,  typewriting  and  copying  during  month, 

Apl,  1;  Form  of  Deed  and  expenses  to  Orange  re  Deeds, 

6!  Engrossing  Mine  Deeds, 

Commissioner's  fees  re  Deeds, 

8j;  Re  Deeds,  Expenses  to  Newark, 

9|;  Bills  of  Sale, 

!  Car  fares  and  ferriage  re  Deeds, 

!  Re  Deeds,  paid  C.  A.  Shaw,  Clerk's  fees, 

10;  Engrossing  two  Bills  of  Sale, 

14;  Re  Deeds,  Feeto  R.  E.  Cogan,  registering  deeds, 

jj  Forward,  $274.30 

3.04-  I 


Brought  forward  ji 

ApI  .20  To  amount  of  ac  cotint  of  0.  E.  Gouraud 
Stock  of  E.U.P.Co. 

Bills  of  Sale, 

23  Car  fares  and  Commissioner's  i 

30  Postage  account  during  month, 

Stenography,  typewriting  and  copying  during  month 
May  4  Paid  R.  E.  Cogan  for  registering  deeds, 

28  One  Consular  Certificate  re  Brush  Elec.  Eng.  Co. 

31  Postage  account  during  month, 

Stenography,  typewriting  and  copying  during  month, 

June  6  Paid  S.  D.  Oliphant  clerk's  fee,  entering  appear., 

30:  Postage  account  during  month, 

Stenography,  typewriting  and  copying  during  month, 

July  3  Fee  to  Patrick  Couvery,  Clerk,  for  recording 
deed  from  Batchelor, 

10  Expenses  of  trip  to  Orange 


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27:  Five  copies  of  Morning  Journal  (Sunday) 

One  copy  «  ii 

28.  Ten  copies  of  Sunday  Morning  Journal, 

31  Postage  account  during  month, 

:  Telephone  service, 

;  Sinography,  typewriting  and  copying  during  month, 
Aug .14  Telegram  to  Long  Beach, 

jj  Telephone  service  to  Long  Beach, 

20 j  Telegram  to  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

sertif icate 

31;  Notarial  services  and  County  Clerk's 
re  Menlo  Park  Deed  (June  30) 

|  Postage  account  during  month, 

i  Steno£raphy,  typewriting  and  copying  during  month,. 


.  50  ■ 


26.  G4 

§429 . 98 



Brought  forward,  §429 . 9S 

Sept. 6  Expenses  of  trip  to  Long  Beach,  and  messenger  service  1.85 

12  Trip  to  Otange,  t45 

Cab  to  and  from  Laboratory,  at  Orange,  1.00 

Fee  to  Notary  Public  at  Mew  Brunswick,  .85 

Fare  to  Menlo  Park  from  New  Brunswick  and  return,  1.00 

Two  copies  witnessed  by  Postmaster,  1.50 

Two  copies  also  certified  by  County  Clerk  at  Menlo 

Park,  Batchelor  deed  to  Edison,  .50 

19  Expenses  to  Orange,  cab  to  and  from  Laboratory,  1.45 

Two  certificates  certified  by  County  Clerk  at 

Menlo  Park,  deed,  3,00 

|  TriP  and  expenses  to  Menlo  Park  as  to  deed,  .85 

21  Postage  on  one  package,  t26 

30  Postage  account  during  month,  .90 

Telephone  service,  .50 

:  Stenography,  typewriting  and  copying  during  month,  20.03 
Oct. 12;  Telegram  to  Foster  &  Freeman,  .25 

15  Postage  on  letter,  il0 

20 |  One  Herald  for  filing,  ,03 

231;  Telegram  to  Thos  .  A.  Edison,  ,  60 

29 jj  Two  Sunday  Heralds  for  filing,  ,10 

®1 j  Telephone  service  during  month,  ,50 

Postage  account  during  month,  .78 

j;  Stenography,  typewriting  and  copying  during  month,  18.82 
Nov  .11  Magazines  for  filing,  >35 

14|.  One  Sunday  Herald  for  filing,  ,05 

j  One  Sun  for  filing,  ,02 

jj  Forward,  §485.72 


Brought  forward, 

Nov. IS  One  Sunday  Herald  for  filing, 

27  Car  fares, 

30  Telephone  service  during  month. 

Postage  account  during  month, 

Stenography,  typewriting  and  c opying.  during  month, 
Dec. 16  Affidavit  of  H.M.Byllesby,  re  assignment  of  patent, 
17;  Re  Chandler  -  Stenography  and  typewriting, 

31  To  amount  of  T.  A.  Edison’s  share  of  cash  dis¬ 

bursements  in  forming  E.U.P.Co. 

Postage  account  during  month, 

!,  Stenography,  typewriting  and  copying  during  month, 











EEB  1  -  1892 

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New  York  City,  /  February  II,  1892. 
Dear  Mr.  Tate:  / 

You  have  not  yet  given  me  the  holograph  letter  which  Mr. 
Edison  was  to  write  to  Sir  William  Thonison,  to  be  sent  to  the  lat¬ 
ter  along  with  a  set  of  the  Filament/printed  record. 

today  to  see  if  he  oSd  fiM^uf^o^014  Menl°  **** 
way  motor  had  a  flexibly  saiiiyn-to7f!  hei'  your  old  oldrdfcirle  rail-^ 
as  an  anticipation  against  t+m  frame»  ln  to  use  that',  fact 

Co.  v  hindell  Oo?.  ft  st!  wfTfKft ltt  th0  Adam* 

exactly  what  he  wanted.  £  4  V  U8’  Vahsize  kcSimi 

rubber  cushion.  That  iB  very  ** 

dows  out  in  all^the^buildingQhexc6pt  thrLf^f°P®n  ***  th& 
that  several  drawings  and  a^nf  th®  tw0  storey  office  ana 
about  and  lost  H? sfSf  thftthevw*  ***°U  W*d 

wire  from  the  elecfric  StS  7i  !?“  t^!n  ******** 

-nts  and  going  to  ruln^h ?£££  ^  ^ 

an4  ll8ht  lolMly 

yon  ■  V  Ml,,, ,  'tfSIi,? “  SS1£rt*“*S'i #  **  «*»**»«* 

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far  safe  doping.  elsewhere,  evemhAng^n  the  ham©  plin\ 

if  he  Vtere  not  tfo^Sly!  «2dtheMnft°bfAa^?1Jh^*'-  &n<& 

Mehlo  Park  which  I  h^ve  B^tTd  atovUf  9~ W*6 **°  th®  WK 

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months  you  had  better  v/rite  him. 

Very  truly  yours, 

Feb.  29th.,  1892. 


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Mar  1 5  ipn„-£) 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

I  desire  to  call  your  attention  to  the  fact  that  we 
jointly  own  patent  Mo.  346,388,  dated  July  27th,  1886,  application 
filed  November  8th,  1882. 

This  case  covers  the  lighting  of  a  train  of  railway  cars 
by  electric  incandescent  lamps,  and  has  a  great  many  claims  and  I 
think  the  first  claim  of  this  patent  is  an  exceptionally  valuable 
one  under  the  present  condition  of  things. 

The  language  of  the  claim  is  as  follows: 


"She-  system  of  lighting  a  train  of  railway  cars  by  elec¬ 
tricity,  wherein  are  combined  an  independent  steam  engine  sn^pt^^ 
from  the  locomotive  boiler  and  dynamo^  or  magneto  electric  machine 
operated  by  such  independent  engine,  electric  lamps  in  each  car 
connected  with  such  generator,  and  auxiliary  light  in  each  car 
substantially  as  set  forth. 

The  universal  method  of  lighting  railway  trains  by  elec¬ 
tricity  consists  of  an  auxiliary  engine  placed  in  the  baggage  car, 
operating  a  dynamo  machine  with  combination  lamps  in  the  various 
cars,  and  a  storage  battery  to  supply  lighting  during  moments  when 
the  engine  is  disconnected." 

This  method  is  in  use  on  the  Pennsylvania  Rail  Road  and 

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Dear  Mr,  Edison: 


I  u  ' 

We  have  brought  Hornig  on  from  St.  Louis  to  prove 
that  the  rubber  spring  now  found  on  your  old  motor  at  Menlo  Park 
was  really  there  in  1880.  H.  remembers  all  about  it  and  makes 
positive  statements  showing  that  the  Spring  was  there  at  that 
time.  Still  the  best  testimony  is  that  of  the  Inventor. 

In  order  to  be  absolutely  oertain  to  prove  the 
existence  of  the  Spring  in  1880  we  may  have  to  examine  you  to  prove 
that  one  fact.  We  shall  not  do  so,  however,  unless  it  is  agreed 
that  you  shall  not  be  occupied  more  than  half  an  hour  or  so  by 
both  sides.  Of  oourse  I  shall  not  trouble  you  if  we  can  possiblv 
avoid  it.. 

Our  attempt  to  get  some  legislation  on  corporation 
law  out  of  the  New  jersey  Legislature  was  a  failure.  We  arranged 
to  have  a  bill  passed  during  the  last  two  days  of  the  Session, 
which  ended  yesterday,  at  a  cost  of  $5,000.  But  the  Reading  Rail¬ 
way  and  Lehigh  Valley  Railway  oame  to  the  Legislature  on  those  two 
bil1  passed  legalizing  the  recent  railway  lease.  Thev 
had  $250,000  to  spend.  On  Thursday  they  distributed  $65,000  amoim- 
the  members  rf  the  Assembly.  On  Friday  they  spent  an  additional 
$100,000  among  the  members  of  the  Senate,  paying  §50,000  for  the 
las':  two  votes  required.  The  the  Legislature  adjourned  on  Fri¬ 
day.  The  excitement  and  demorlaization  caused  by  these  big  bribes 
made  it  impossible  for  us  to  get  attention  paid  to  the  small  fry 
of  our  bid.  4 

Very  truly  yours, 

Hour  aarly  attention  to  the  above  matter  will  oblige 

44  S/'/f/f \ [EDISON  BUILDING) 

.  I, ■„  ■/;„  ■/■  ...Mar  .-..21., ..18.92.. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Orange,  II.  ,T. 

Dear  Sir;- 

u-  “R  ??  1892  ^ 

Herewith  enclosed  you  will  please  find  our  bill  for 
salary  for  professional  services  from  February  18t,h,  1892,  to 
March  18th,  1892,  amounting  to  $166.63,  as  per  agreement. 

T/e  find  on  looking  over  our  books  that  salary  for  two 
months,  dated  from  Deoember  18th,  1891,  to  February  18th,  1892,  is 
still  due  us,  making  a  total  of  $500.00  up  to  March  18th,  1892. 

Kindly  send  check  f QtT$5po!oOy>if  agreeable,  ard  oblige 


hiladelphia,  p/JlIarch  21,1892. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 


I  have  your  letter  of  the  16th  instant  in  reference 
to  patent  #  346,388  and  in  answer  thereto  would  like  to  know, 
since  you  have  so  little  faith  in  the  ultimate  outcome  of  the 
patent,  whether  you  will  assign  your  interest  to  me,  under  which 
circumstances  I  believe  I  would  be  justified  in  spending  the  time 
and  money  necessary  to  learn  its  value. 

Kindly  let  me  hear  from  you  concerning  the  matter, 
and  oblige. 

Yours  very  truly. 


'  Sj/YY/f/.  S/y/Y / (EDISON  Bl 

.,,,  MAR  a  5  1892  !  March-  23,-, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq, 

Dear  Sir: 

Ans'ri^jfl yg 

Referring  to  your  personal  tfe  in  this  City,  I 
am  glad  to  say  that  on  the  strength  of  your  affidavit  and  mine,  the 
Sax  Commissioners  have  cancelled  the  proposed  tax  against  you. 

Thus  this  matter  ends  with  this  letter". 


PHILADELPHIA,  PA.  ?48t*Ch  23,  1892. 

fur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange ,  N .  J . 

Dear  Sir:- 


MAR  a  4  1892 

I  have  your  letter  of  the  22nd  instant  .stating  that  you 
are  willing  to  sell  out  if  I  can  get  a  partner*  &  order  to  enable 
me  to  get  a  partner  will  you  kindly  let  me  know  on  what  basis 
you  are  willing  to  sell  out,  and  I  will  thereupon  make  the  neces¬ 
sary  investigations  and  report  to  you  as  early  as  possible  the 
result  of  the  same. 

Yours  very  truly, 

PHILADELPHIA,  PAVfll'Ch  2D,  1802. 


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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange ,  H  p 

Deal’  Sir:- 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  your  favor  of  the  24th  instant  in 
reference  to  the  sale  of  your  interest  in  the  patent  #346,388, 
and  would,  like  to  offer  you  my  interest  for  the  sum  of  $0,000, 
which  is  the  price  fixed  by  you  for  your  half. 

Kindly  let  me  know  what  disposition  of  the  matte”  you 
will  make,  ard  oblige. 

Yours  very  truly, 

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June  16,1892. 

My  dear  Mr.Edii 

'tv'ECET  V_£^ , 

In  accordance  with  your 
kind  peroiission,  I  forward  to  your  labora¬ 
tory  four  small  galvanometer  mirrors  to  be 
platinized.  They  are  all  optically  correct, 
and  quite  valuable  little  pieoes.having 
been  selected  from  a  large  number. 

Three  of  these  are  quite  small, being 
one  centimetre  each  in  diameter; these  are 
to  bo  platinized  only  on  the  polished, 
concave  side.  The  fourth  is  a  somewhat 
larger  one, two  centimetres  in  diameter, and 
is  to  be  platinized  on  both  sides.  Please 

bear  in  mind  the  importance  of  not  depos¬ 
iting  the  platinum  thickly, but  only  in  the 
ve rjr/thinnest  layer  which  will  make  a  good 
reflecting  surface. 

I  shall  be  very  glad  to  get  these  as 
soon  as  you  may  be  pleased  to  authorize 
their  construction.  With  renewed  thanks 
for  your  kindness, I  am 

Very  truly  yours, 

Thomas  A. Edison, Esq. , 
Orange, N.J. 

Sec  V/Uti - 



'  JUL  I  a  1892  . 


Dear  Edison^/stf _ — - / 

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I  .as  to  receive  .bout  48,000,  comp.!.  „  to  sen  soTniTel/<,. 

Jersey  *  Peaa.yLS  ?o“c?r„"S  °0’  “ 

*ich  have  c„,t  me  $3,000.  the  Meet  M  2e«*  .'o.J  mlt/tof"''' 
and  the  other  15  shares  have  cost  me  §100  each,  total  $3,000°°’ 

e-re  to  *  tt,1^  ZT'UVr 

Dear  Mr.Edison:- 

The  enclosed  invitation  will  explain 
itself,  I  would  like  very  much  if  possible  to  see  you 
in  regard  to  it,  and  as  I  understand  from  Mr, Tate  that 
you  will  be  at  your  laboratory  Thursday  morning,  I 
think  I  shall  try  and  get  out  Thursday  forenoon  and  take 
up  a  moment  of  your  time. 

I  trust  you  will  be  able  to  come}  as  the 
occasion  promises  to  be  a  memorable  one,  amfcyour 
numerous  friends  in  journalistic  circles  will  be  very 
glad  to  have  you  present.- 

With  regards,  I  remain 

Very  sincerely  yours. 

PvS.  If  you  receive  this  in  time  and  can  come  kindly 
telegraph  me  Wednesday,  so  you  can  very  properly  have  a 
seat  at  the  head  of  the  tqble.  ^ 






new  Yorc 

A.  0.  Tat#  Esq.  , 

Orange,  N.QOPY  SENT  TQ 


PAT  E  JL/y  ■?/  g'l  8  9 

Dear  Mr.  Tate,- 

.  July  .18, . 1892. 

I  have  your  letter  of  the  13th  Inst,  with  refer- 
enoe  to  the  terms  of  Mr.  Edison's  laboratory  contract.  ,1  have 
made  a  careful  analysis  of  the  contract  for  the  purpose  of  intelli¬ 
gently  answering  your  enquiry. 

There  are  only  two  provisions  in  the  contract  which  contem¬ 
plate  a  reversion  to  Mr.  Edison  of  the  rights  to  any  particular  in¬ 
vention  in  North  and  South  America.  In  the  third  section  (see  top 
of  page  5  of  printed  contract)  it  is  provided  that  if  the  company 
should  decline  to  pay  the  expenses  of  taking  out  the  United  States 
patent,  then  the  invention  becomes  Mr.  Edison's  property  and  he  oan 
take  out  the  patent  himself  for  his  own  benefit.  In  the  ninth 
section  of  the  contract  (see  page  19  of  printed  contract)  it  is 
provided  that  the  company  shall  develop  each  of  the  inventions;,  and 
if  Mr.  Edison  is  dissatisfied  because  the  company  either  fails  al¬ 
together  to  use  the  invention,  or  fails  to  make  the  profit  he  thinks 
they  should  from  it,  the  matter  shall  be  left  to  arbitration,  and 
the  arbitrators  may  go  so  far,  in  extreme  cases  to  which  no  other 
remedy  can  reasonably  be  applied,  as  to  direct  the  re-assignment  of 

the  invention  to  Mr.  Edison.  This  re-assignment,  however,  is  con¬ 
templated  by  the  contract  only  as  an  extreme  measure,  and  the  com¬ 
pany  is  not  obliged  to  manufacture  unless  the  device  is  superior  to 
the  things  it  already  has  in  use,  nor  unless  the  device  is  capable 
of  being  made  and  sold  with  a  certain  profit. 

If  one  of  Mr.  Edison's  inventions  fulfills  all  the  condi¬ 
tions  of  the  contract  as  to  superiority,  obtainable  profit,  etc.,  the 
company  can  avoid  assuming  the  obligations  of  the  contract  with  re¬ 
spect  to  the  invention  by  refusing  to  pay  the  application  expenses; 
but  when  it  has  paid  the  application  expenses  and  has  procured  the 
patent,  it  cannot  then  avoid  the  other  obligations  of  the  contract, 
viz.,  to  develop  the  invention  and  pay  to  Mr.  Edison  his  share  of 
the  profits. 

Now  if  it  were  Mr.  Edison's  wish  to  impose  the  obligations 
of  the  contract  upon  the  company  as  to  any  particular  invention, 
his  course  would  evidently  be  to  permit  the  company  to  take  out  the 
patent  at  its  own  expense  as  a  matter  of  routine  and  without  in¬ 
viting  discussion  of  its  merits,  and  thereafter  the  company  would 
be  obligated  to  develop  the  invention,  but  it  is  not  at  all  certain 
that  a  failure  to  develop  the  invention  would  involve  a  re-assign¬ 
ment,  as  before  pointed  out. 

If,  on  the  other  hand,  Mr.  Edison  desired  to  retain  a  par¬ 
ticular  invention,  the  course  I  would  advise  him  to  take  is  to  ten¬ 
der  the  invention  to  the  company  with  the  request  that  the 

c  omp  any 

decide  whether  it  wanted  to  assume  the  obligations  of  the  contract 
with  respect  to  that  particular  invention.  If  the  reply  was  that 
it  did  not  want  to  assume  such  obligations,  Mr.  Edison  would  then 
be  free  to  take  out  the  patent  himself  for  his  own  benefit.  If 
that  is  what  has  been  done  with  regard  to  the  two  inventions  re¬ 
ferred  to  in  your  letter  of  the  13th  inst.,  a  negative  reply  from 
the  company  will  accomplish  what  you  want,  but  a  simple  failure  on 
the  part  of  the  company  to  use  the  inventions  will  not  give  Mr.  Edi¬ 
son  the  right  to  manufacture  and  sell  the  same  himself  until  that 
right  has  been  awarded  to  him  by  arbitration  under  the  contract  or 
by  equivalent  action  of  the  courts. 


Dear  Mr.  Edison! 


New  York  City,  July  19,  1892. 

Can  You  tell  me  positively  whether  your  Supplemental 
Laboratory  and  North  American  contracts  were  signed,  whereby  you 
Rave  them  an  additional  year  of  your  inventions? 

and  oblige, 

Kindly  retmui  the  annexed  letter  with  your  reply, 


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j.  PHONOGRAPH  dictation, 
i  .  Thomas  A*  Edi  sc 

■  -July-29,  189  2. 

Dear  Mr,  Edison,- 

On  Sunday  morning  Mr#  Lombard  and  rnyself  leave 
for  Chicago,  Where  we  vri.ll  meat  the  representatives  of  the  first 
Companies  winch  we  expect  will  enter  into  the  new  arrangement. 

Mr.  Bush  lias  prepared  a  contract  based  upon  the  memorandum  assented 
to  by  the  Committee  of  sub-Companies  and  t lie  Comnittee  of  the 
North  Am.  Phonograph  Co#,  which  I  believe  we  will  be  able  to  put 
into  effect  without  serious  difficulty.  If  we  are  successful  in 
putting  this  contract  thraigh  with  the  Michigan  Company  and  the 
Illinois  state  Company  our  work  with  the  balance  of  the  sub-Comp¬ 
anies  will  be  greatly  facilitated.  The  reason  for  this  is  that 
the  two  men  who  control  these  Companies  are  the  actual  represent¬ 
atives  of  all  the  other  licensees#  I  will  advise  you  prarptly  by 
wire  of  the  restats  of  our  negotiations  in  Chicago. 

I  am  not  prepared  at  the  present  time  to  make  any  report  to 
you  with  respect  . to  the  stockholders  of  the  North  Am.  Phonograph 
Co.  and  how  far  wo  can  c  amt  upon  control.  If  we  succeed  in  making 
the  proposed  contract  with  the  sub- Companies,  your  control  of  a 

T.  A.  E. 


July  29,  1892. 

very  large  majority  of  the  stock  of  the  North  Am.  Phonograph  Co. 
will  be  absolutely  assured,  for  the  reason  that  y<ji  will  have  be¬ 
hind  you  the  power  of  the  licensees,  who,  in  offeot,  have  entire 
control  over  the  outside  situation,  no  matter  what  nay  be  said  in 
regard  to  their  legal'  rights.  They  are  going  into  this  arrange¬ 
ment  as  a  matter  of  good  faith  between  you  and  themselves,  and 
thf^  consider  the  N*  A.  P.  Co.  a  factor  only  in  so  far  as  it  is 
represented  by  you. 

I  have  very  good  reason  to  believe  that  the  Qraphophone 
people,  represented  by  Mr.  Easton,  hav e  not  been  inactive  since 
the  Chicago  Convaition,  but,  on  the  contrary,  have  been  circulating 
various  kinds  of  garbled  reports  concerning  the  proceedings  of  the 
Convention  and  tin  intentions  of  those  win  am  endeavoring  to 
further  the  interest  of  the  phonograph.  I  do  not  anticipate  anv 
serious  results  fron  these  efforts  of  our  enemies,  although  I 
tliink  it  quite  probable  that  they  may  cause  us  some  minor  annoy¬ 
ances.  This,  however,  will  all  be  sottled  in  Chicago,  and  you  my 
expect  within  a  week  or  ten  days  at  the  outside  to  receive  a  de¬ 
cisive  report,. 

AUTOMATIC  PHONOGRAPH  EXHIBITION  CO.  I  hav9  seen  Mr.  Bush  in  re¬ 
gard  to  the  moneys  which  yai  advanced  to  this  Company  and  have  ar¬ 
ranged  with  him  for  a  suit  to  bo  brought  in  your  behalf  against 
the  Company  and  for  a  judgment  to  be  obtained  in  your  favor,  which 

July  29,  1892. 

T.  A.  B.  /'&/ 

v.dll  be  the  first  lieu  upon  the  Company ' s  property.  The  Assignee 
of  Jesse  H.  Lippincott  has  already  coranenced  a  suit  to  recover 
moneys  advanced  by  Lippincott,  but  Mr*  Bush  and  myself  have  ar¬ 
ranged  for  your  claim  to  take  precedence  over  all  other  claims. 

In  other  words,  you  get  the  first  judgment  and  have  the  first 
'lien.  It  is  not  necessary  for  y cu  to  do  anything  other  perhaps 
than  to  sign  somo  papers  that  Mr.  Bush  will  probably  send  out  to 
you  in  connection  with  the  suit*  Bush  is  going  to  conduct  this 
suit  through  his  own  people*  I  montion  this  because  you  might 
think  it  strange  it  had  not  been  placed  in  the  hands  of  Mr*  Dyer. 

The  affairs  of  the  Automatic  Company,  so  far  as  any  direct 
purpose  is  concerned,  are  to-day  in  a  state  of  chaos*  Various 
suggestions  have  been  made  concerning  the  do3tiny  of  this  Company, 
and  tin  idea  of  winding  it  up  has  generally  prev ailed*  I  an  vary, 
strongly  opposed  to  any  such  course*  When  we  get  control  of  the 
phonograph  business  it  will  carry  with  it  absolute  control  of  all 
the  nickel-slot  business  in  the  country.  While  we  have  no  reason 
to  feel  grateful  towards  this  side  of  the  phonograph  business, which 
has  been  Chiefly  instrumental  in  demoralizing  the  general  enter¬ 
prise,  we  ought  not  to  lose  sight  of  the  fact  that  a  revenue  can 
be  derived  fran  continuing  it  after  placing  it  upon  its  proper 
level.  Also,  we  ought  not  forget  that  a  great  many  people  have 
invested  in  tin  stock  of  the  Automatic  Company  because  of  their 
faith  in  the  phonograph.  I  think  it  would  do  you  personally  a  very 
great  injury  to  abandon  any  enterprise  with  which  yen  are,  however 

■unwil lingly ;  so  closely  associated.  My  idoa  is  tlat  wo  should  pay 
the  Automatic  Company  a  fain  royalty  on  all  automatic  outfits  sold 
and  upon  the  revenue  derived  fran  the  use  of  automatic  machines. 

The  affairs  of  the  Company  can  run  along  without  change  until  wo 
get  the  phonograph  business  in  shape,  alter  which  wo  can  adjust 
the  details.  I  rely  upon  your  not  consenting  to  any  radical 
cliange  in  tho  status  of  tins  Compare/  during  my  absence  without 
giving  mo  an  opportunity  to  be  heard. 

EDISON  PHONOGRAPH  WORKS.  On  the  9th  of  next  month  there  is  a 
note  of  the  Phonograph  Wks.  for  $5,000,  issued  to  the  Edison  Gon'l. 
Electric  Co.,  falling  due.  As  I  told  you  a  few  days  ago,  it  is 
impossible  for  the  Phono.  Wks.  to  meet  this  note  thanselves.  I  an 
endeavoring  to  arrange  for  a  renewal.  It  was  issued  one  year  ago, 
and  I  may  not  be  successful,  in  which  case  you  will  have  to  take 
it  up.  This  is  the  only  paper  that  tho  Works  have  outstanding. 

I  hope  before  going  away  to  advise  you  of  what  can  be  done  in  re- 
gani  to  this  note.  If  I  am  unable  to  arrange  the  matter  definitely 
I  will  leave  it  in  Mr#  Butler's  hands.  He  made  tic  other  renewals. 

BATTERY  MOTORS.  The  Works  will  make  delivery  of  the  first  lot-  of 
battory  fan  motors  this  we  eh .  You  will  remember  that  we  put 
throigh  an  order  for  100.  We  can  sell  all  these  almost  inwadiately, 
in  fact,  more  than  half  of  them  are  already  disposed  of. 

T.  A.  E. 


July  29,  1892i 

VOLT  METERS.  The  Association  of  Edison  Illuminating  Companies 
meets  at  Toronto  on  ths  9th  of  August,  and  1  have  arranged  to 
exhibit  our  500  and  1,000  Volt  Meters,  the  Battery  Pan  Motor,  and 
probably  an  Ampere  Meter  at  this  Convention.  I  had  a  conversation 
yesterday  with  Mr.  W.  J.  Jenks,  the  Secretary  of  the  Association 
of  Edison  Illuminating  Companies,  and  I  told  him  that  I  would  like 
to  have  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  join  the  Association.  He 
said  that  '.vhile  the  By  Laws  of  the  Association  required  that  its 
members  should  have  a  certain  sum  of  money  invested  in  electric 
lighting,  he  had  no  do* tot  -whatever  that  this  qualification  would 
not  be  exacted  with  respect  to  the  Edison  Mfg.  Co.  owing  to  their  . 
peculiar  situation,  ard  he  assured  me  that  he  would  assist  their 
application.  This  is  merely,  an  incident,  but  it  is  a  very  im¬ 
portant  one.  The  licensees  of  the  Edison  Electric  Light  Co.  have 
not  taken  kindly  to  the  oblivion  to  which  their  interests  have 
been  consigned,  and  in  ass oc iatifc^  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co#, 
with  than  1  look  upon  it  as  taking  lime  by  his  foremost  lock. 

BATES  MANUFACTURING  C0«  I  enclose  herev/ith  a  copy  of  the  agree¬ 
ment  between  the  Bates  Mfg.  Co.  and  the  Phonograph  Works.  The 
understanding  that  we  had  with  Mr.  In  sail  the  other  day  was  that 
the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  should  be  given  entire  control  of  the 
business  of  the  Bates  Manufacturing  Co.  In  this  connection  I  wish 
to  draw  your  attention  first  to  Section  2  of  the  agreentsnt,  wherein 
it  is  provided  that  all  moneys  etc.  received  by  the  Bates  Co.  for 

T.  A.  E.  -6-  July  29,  92. 

the  sale  of  machines  etc.  shall  be  turned  over  in  full  to  the. 
Phonograph  Works.  The  Works  will,  in  turn,  pay  back  to  the  Bates 
Company  such  amounts  as  are  required  to  cover  the  expense  of  sel¬ 
ling  Bates  machines.  The  By  Laws  of  tin  Bates  Company  provide 
that  all  checks  and  notes  shall  be  signed  by  the  Treasurer  and 
countersigned  by  either  the  President  or  Secretary.  Mr.  Dyer  con¬ 
sidered  it  desirable  in  carrying  out  our  arrangement  that  X  should 
become  the  Secretary  of  the  Company,  so  that  I  can  countersign  its 
checks.  This  gives  its  a  double  check  upon  the  finances  of  tie 
Company.  The  agreement  as  drawn  by  Dyer  is  very  complete.  If  we 
find  that  the  business  does  not  pay  we  can  abandon  it,  in  raiich 
case  the  agreement  bee  anas  void,  and  our  claim  against  the  Bates 
Co.  resumes  its  original  status,  leaving  us  free  to  take  such 
aoftion  at  lav;  as  wo  could  take  to-day  wore  wo  so  inclined.  We 
ought  now  to  make  preparations  at  the  Phonograph  Works  to  turn  out 
75  automatic  hand  numbering  machines  a  week#  The  first  tiling  to 
be  done  is  t o  manufacture  three  or  four  more  engraving  machines, 
the  use  of  vrtiich  will  reduce  tie  cost  of  numbering  machines  by 
about  $2.50  ea'Ch*  I  am  fairly  satisfied  that  the  Bates  Co«  can 
sell  125  of  these  machines  per  week,  but  in  giving  instructions  in 
the  factory,  you  should  instruct  Mr.  Ballou  to  equip  for  not  more; 
than  75  per  week,  after  which  we  can  force  the  output  to  probably 
double  that  number.  In  fact,  I  think  if  you  were  to  instinct 

T.  A.  E. 


July  29,  1892. 

Ballou  to  Jiftpare  to  turn  out  50  of  those  machines  per  week,  wo 
could  in  a  short  time  reach  an  output  of  125  per  week  without 
adding  to  his  organisation,  I  cannot  take  any  action  in  this 
connection  before  going  away.  I  will  have  a  talk  with  Ballou  and 
he  will  see  ycu  at  the  earliest  opnortuni ty,  when  I  wish  you  would 
please  give  him  your  instructions.  It  is  very  necessary  that  we 
should  lose  no  time  in  cormiencing  this  manufacture,  and  if  y  oi 
will  instinct  him  to  prepare  to  turn  out  50  hand  numbering  machines 
per  week  we  can  take  care  of  the  business. 

In  regard  to  the  offices  of  the  Bates  Co»,  which  are  now  lo¬ 
cated  in  the  Edison  Building,  X  wish  ycu  won  Id  not  insist  upon  any 
change  being  made  until  I  return.  There  are  a  good  many  details 
which  I  wish  to  arrange  and  t  lie  delay  will  not  amount  to  anything. 
You  will  recollect  that  Insull  told  us  that  Bates  would  be  willing 
to  continue  with  us  at  a  salary  of  $35  per  weekjundor  his  agree¬ 
ment  Bates  anticipated  a  salary  of  $3,000  per  year*  Insull  told 
me  yesterday  that  Bates  did  not  think  he  could  get  along  on  $35 
per  week,  but. believed  he  catld  manago  his  affairs  on  a  salary  of 
$40  per  week,  and  X  told  Mr,  Insull  that  that  wduld  be  entirely 
satisfactory  to  us.  In  handling  this  business  I  consider  it  most 
desirable  tint  we  should  retain  Bates,  as  he  understands  its  de¬ 
tails,  and  I  have  therefore  taken  it  for  granted  that  you  will 
concur  in  iny  concession  of  $5  per  week  on  his  account. 

T»  A.  E,  -8-  July  29,  13  92. 

INSPECTION.  You  probably  are  aware  that  a  good  many  Bates  ma¬ 
chines  have  been  returned  because  of  faults  which  have  developed 
in  use.  I  have  looked  over  a  number  of  these  machines  and  find 
tint  the  trouble  is  due  to  lack  of  proper  inspection*  All  the 
machines  tlat  went  out  wore  tested  by  Mr.  Ballou,  but  as  he  re¬ 
ceived  the  machines  after  they  had  been  assembled  and  presumably 
put  in  proper  working  order,  he  did  not  give  himself  a  fair  oppor¬ 
tunity  to  detect  faults.  The  duties  of  our  Inspector  at  the 
factory,  Mr.  Sargent,  should  be  and  must  be  extended  to  include  all 
the  work  that  is  turned  out;  or  in  other  words,  we  must  put  into 
effect  the  ideas  which  y ou  have  always  entertained  in  regard  to 
inspection.  I  am  satisfied  tint  if  you  had  been  les3  rigid  in 
your  methods  of  inspecting  parts  of  the  phonograph,  the  N.  A*  P. 

Oo.  would  to-daw  have  a  big  claim  against  us  for  defective  manu¬ 
facturing.  No  less  rigid  methods  should  be  employed  in  insp act¬ 
ing  t he  parts  of  the  Bates  machines,  and  in  fact  all  other  work  that 
wo  turn  out. 

WAX  DEPARTMENT.  The  Moulders  in  the  Wax  Dep‘t.  have  been  laid 
off.  The  girls  who  were  retained  to  finish  up  the  cylinders  that 
were  turned  out  by  the  Moulders  will  probably  be  through  their 
work  on  Saturday,  after  winch  the  Wax  Dep't*  should  be  closed  down, 
leaving  us  with  a  stock  of  over  70,000  cylinders  ahead. 

PHONOPLEX.  I  am  very  much  disappointed  at  the  results  of  our 

T.  A*  E. 


“July  29,  1392. 

last  el  forts  in  this  connection.  We  hare  had  a  number  of  in- 
quiries  regarding  the  systan,  none  of  which  has  materialized. 
Logue,  who  has  been  ill  at  his  home  in  Baltimore  for  the  last  3 
v/eeks,  has  gone  down  to  see  tie  Richmond  &  Danville  people,  who 
say  they  want  sane  circuits,  but  I  am  not  in  a  position  to  state 
whether  we  will  do  business  with  them  or  not.  X  intend  looking 
into  t  hi  s  business  when  I  am  in  tie  West.  It  is  remarkable  that 
we  have  never  succeeded  in  introducing  the  phonoplex  we at  of 
Chicago.  Logue  tells  me  tint  it  is  because  the  Western  people 
object  to  royalties  on  principle,  but  I  cannot  understand  that 
such  a  prejudice  should  be  so  universally  maintained.  We  sent 
Logue  to  Denver,  as  ycu  will  recollect,  about  six  weeks  ago,  where 
we  male  an  excellent  demonstration  of  the  system,  from  which 
not  tong  has  resulted.  I  cannot  explain  it,  but  I  will  be  ready 
to  give  ycu  an  explanation  after  I  have  been  over  the  ground. 

ORE  MILLING  CO.  I  gave  Mr.  Dyer  a  memorandum  of  tie  licenses 
which  yaa  desire  to  have  drawn  from  the  Ore  Milling  Co.  to  your¬ 
self.  You  will  ranember  that  you  named  Mr.  Dyer  and  myself  to 
supersede  Mr.  Insull  and  Mr.  Sohultze  Berg  as  Trustees  of  this 
Company.  Mr.  Dyer  is  going  away  on  Saturday  to  be  absent  during 
the  whole  of  next  month,  and  I  of  course  will  be  absent  for  the 
same,  if  not  a  longer  period.  In  passing  upon  these  licenses  yc» 
v/ould  be  disqualified  to  vote  as  a  member  of  the  Board,  as  the 
transaction  is  between  yourself  and  the  Company.  Under  the 


July  29,  1892. 


A*  E« 

present  construction  of  the  Board  this  would  necessitate  consigning 
your  wishes  to  people  upon  whom  you  have  no  reason  to  depend,  and 
if  there  is  no  necessity  for  haste  I  strongly  recornnend  y  ou  to 
postpone  this  matter  until  such  time  as  Mr*  Dyer  and  myself  can 
arrange  to  carry  it  through.  As  a  matter  of  fact,  we  could  not 
get  a  quorum  of  tie  Board  of  the  Ore  Milling  Co.  for  a  month  at 
least,  as  Walter  Cutting,  R.  L.  Cutting,  Batchelor,  Insull  and 
Schultzs  Berg  are  all  unavailable* 

EDISON  MANUFACTURING  CO*  The  greatest  regret  I  have  at  being 
obliged  to  absent  myself  at  the  present  time  is  on  account  of 
this  Company,  and  if  the  work  required  of  me  were  loss  important 
I  would  endeavor  to  arrange  some  other  method  of  handling  it* 
Looking  at  the  matter  from  a  purely  personal  standpoint  I  do  not 

fail  to  realize  that  y cu  are  inclined  to  estimate  my  usefulness 
from  the  degree  of  success  which  I  attain  in  connection  with  this 
Company,  and  I  therefore  cannot  help  feeling  disappointed  when  I 
have  to  vfithdraw  for  a  time  from  its  affairs,  even  though  the 
period  be  a  short  one*  Since  we  moved  to  ^our  offices  up-town  our 

cash  sales  have  covered  about  half  of  otii^expenses.  As  we  have 
been  in  our  new  quarters  only  about  three  weeks,  I  think  that  is  a 
pretty  good  showing*  You  will  recollect  my  telling  you  last  May 
that  1  had  engaged  a  man  to  do  some  special  work  for  me  in  New 
York  City.  I  have  had  most  satisfactory  results  in  this  connec¬ 
tion,  and  this  man  has  proved  himself  30  capable  that  I  have  given 

T.  A.  E. 


July  29,  189  2. 

him  temp  ora  ry  charge  of  all  our  sales,  which  arrangement  will  con¬ 
tinue  until  my  return  from  the  West.  I  an  thoroughly  dissatis¬ 
fied  with  the  manner  in  whioh  our  Silver  lake  factory  is  ram.  I 
have  gone  throrgh  our  costs  and  find  that  they  are  entirely  out  of 
proportion.  Immediately  upon  my  return  I  want  t  o  make  some 
changes,  but  in  the  meantime  the  business  cai  sustain  itself  in 
its  present  condition.  We  will  not  of  course  do  an/  unusual 
amount  of  business  during  the  month  of  August,  but  I  confidently 
believe  tint  the  Edison  Mfg.  Co.  will  show  up  larger  sales  from 
September  to  Novanber  than  at  any  other  time  during  its  history, 
notwithstanding  the  fact  that  we  had  a  boom  last  spring  because  of 
orders  which  to  received  for  the  equipment  of  the  Supply  Stores 
of  the  Edison  Gen'l.  Co.  This  new  trade  for  which  I  have  been 
arranging  lines  all  sunnier  will  be  permanent  and  not  spasmodic, 
like  the  trade  of  the  Edison  General  Co.  Meanwhile  I  want  the 
affairs  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  to  rest  as  they  are. 

FOREIGN  BUSINESS,  I  hope  you  have  considered  favorably  the  propo¬ 
sition  that  I  made  the  other  day  in  rogard  to  your  foreign  bu¬ 
siness,  namely,  that  wo  should  forma  Company,  say  with  $100,000 

Capital,  and  issue  to  ycu  fifty- five  - -  por  cent  of  tlfl 

stock,  the  balance  to  be  subscribed  for  in  cash.  Wo  have  a  suf¬ 
ficient  number  of  things  now  which  we  could  turn  into  this  Company 
to  sustain^  small  organization  that  would  be  required  at  the 
start,  and  as  other  articles  cone  along  we  can  dispose  of  than 


July  29,  1892. 

T.  A.  E. 

through  the  same  o  hannel .  It  would  ensure  to  y  ax  not  only  the 
absolute  control  of  your  foreign  relations,  but  a  much  largar 
interest  in  the  benefits  to  be  derived  therefrom  than  ycU  lave 
ever  had  before.  In  fact,  a  much  larger  interest  than  you  could 
obtain  through  anynother  arrangements -that  it  is  possible  for  you 
to  males .  I  can  carry  this  scheme  out  whenever  you  indicate  your 

willingness  to  accept  it* 

lombard  and  myself  will  be.  absent  ab out  six  weeks*  I  do  not 
see  how  we  can  cover  the  territory  in  less  time*  If  we  get  what 
wo  want  within  that  period  we  will  all  have  reason  to  congratulate 
ourselves.  Meanwhile  I  will  keep  you  thoroughly  posted  as  to  the 
progress  which  we  make# 

Yours  very  truly, 


<■.'©  i*fe 



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*•  A.  Edison, 

Grange,  New  Jersey.  ' C 

Hjf  Rear  Sir:- 


I  have  in  my  office  a  model  of  a  ’cotton  picker-,  which 
**  tte  invention  of  a  young  South  Carolinian.  I  underatend  that 
,W  Paid  80,1,0  attention  to  ’cotton  pickers’,  and  1  should  bo 
Wrnch  Gratified,  if  ycu  will,  first  timo  ^  ^  ^  ^ 

aity.  oall  and  look  at  this  model,  and  would  be  very  Mach  obliged 
if  you  would  name  the  time  that  X  may  have  the  inventor  he**  to 
explain  it  to  you. 

You  are  probably  aware  that  my  experience  to  cotton 
Planting  in  the  South  is  second  only  to  that  of  Col.  Kicharasoh  of 
New  Orleans.  I  have  had  a  great  many  devices  of  ’cotton  pickers* 
presented  to  me,  but  have  never  before  felt  that  any  of  them  would 
be  sufficiently  sccessful  to  interest  myself  in  th<m,  but  this 
one  seems  to  me  so  entirely  practical  that  X  haveltad*  model  mad0 
and  am  now  about  to  take  steps  to  build  a  practical  machine  »r 
testing  in  the  field,  before  doing  so  I  would  like  very  much  to 
have  your  opinion,  and  would  be  glad  to  have  you  interested  with 
me.  if  you  are  so  inclined,  in  this  picker.  X  8pok0  to  Mr.  lewis 
about  it  a  day  0r  two  ago,  but  he  advised  me  to  write  direct  to. 



New  York, 

The  party  who  oontrols  a  successful  "cotton  picker", 
you  mustbe  aware,  has  the  biggest  fortune  that  has  ever  boon  tnadd 
in  this  country. 

Please  let  me  know  when  you  can  call  at  the  office,  as 
I  am  anxious  to  confer  with  you  before  having  the  machine  built 
for  a  practical  test. 

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1  York . October  .7, 1892. . 

Thomas  A.Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Mr.Edist 



I  want  to  send  you  my  personal  congratulations  on 
the  justification  you  have  received  at  the  hands  of  bur  highest 
courts,  whose  judgement  has  been  forestalled  by  that  of  every 
honest  man's  in  the  country  for  years  before  the  decision  was 
given,  but  it  must  be  a  source  of  extreme  pride  and  gratification 
to  yourself  to  have  your  work  recognised  by  the  courts  even  after 
long  years  of  waiting,  and  I  can  assure  you  that  the  entire  confi¬ 
dence  in  your  ultimate  triumph  has  been  held  by  every  Edison  in¬ 
vestor  that  I  know  of, and  their  name  is  legion,  and  as  one  of  the 
latter  and  representing  very  many  of  them  I  can  assure  you  that  the 
name  of  Edison  guarantees  to  us  the  very  best  to  be  had,  and  to 
that  nothing  can  be  added,  so  that  you  can  be  safe  in  the  knowledge 
that  you  are  still,  as  you  always  have  been,  the  first  in  the  race, 
and  the  position  taken  by  you  thirteen  years  ago  remains  as  good 
to-day,  with  nothing  to  take  back. 

Again  accept  my  heartiest  congratulations  and  assurances 
that  the  people  are  with  you  and  I  have  heard  very  many  people 
‘outside  of  Edison  influences  announce  their  gratification  at  the 
result  as  a  triumph  of  hard  work  and  genius  over  piracy  and  spoli¬ 

Sincerely  yours, 

[OCTOBER  8,  1892] 

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A.O.  Tate,  Esq.,  Private  Secretary, 

Edison  Laboratory,  Orange,  N.J. 
My  Dear  Tate:- 


H0C7  20  1»^i 

Ji/isVSZ  '"™'  -.w:' '  'I 

I  have  your  inquiry  of  Oct.  15th,  and  have  this 
morning  discovered  the  missing  document,  on  which  Mr.  Edison  named 
Mr.  Insull 1 s  substitute  in  the  following  Companies.  I  give  you 
below  the  information  asked  for  in  your  letter. 

N.Y.  Concentrating  Works.  A.O.  Tate,  Director  and  Chas. 

Batchelor,  Vice  Prosidorat  &  Gen¬ 
eral  Manager. 

Edison  Phonograph  Company  Thomas  A.  Edison,  President, 

N.J.  &  Pa.  Concentrating  Works,  Chas.  Batchelor,  Vice  Presi¬ 
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Thomas  A  .  Edison,  Esq., 

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New  jersey. 

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Y/e  bog  to  acknowledge  the  receipt  of  your  letter  of 

the  14 th  inst.  regarding  th 

o  termination  of  your  arrangement  v/ith 

us  for  professional  service 

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ardod./your  letter  to  our  Mr.  Eaton  with 

v.'hom  the  arrangement  was  ma: 

do  nn:L  who  is  now  abroad.  You  will 

doubtless  receive  a  prompt  i 

reply  from  him  upon  the  subject. 

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A.  0.  Tate,  Esq.,  Private  Secretary, 

Edison  Laboratory,  Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  sir: 

We  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  22nd 
inst.,  enclosing  letter  received  by  Mr.  Edison  from  the  Menlo  Park 
Manufacturing  Company,  stating  that  the  Motor  Building  at  Menlo 
Park  had  been  broken  into  and  some  stuff  taken  away.  We  will 
give  this  matter  immediate  attention. 

Thanking  you  for  forwarding  this  information,  we  remain 

Very  trulyOours, 

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Dear  Sir: 

V/o  have,  your  lettei 

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3r  oi  trio  5th  inst.  requesting  us 
o  deliver  to  you  all  the  deeds,  papers  &c .  which  we  have  belonging 
o  you. 

As  you  are  probably  aware,  Mr.  Eaton  who  had  special 
charge  of  the  transactions  of  this  firm  on  your  behalf,  is  still 
abroad;  and  in  his  absence  it  may  not  be  possible  for  us  to  col¬ 
lect  the  papers  referred  to  with  perfect  certainty  as  to  which 
belong  to  you  and  which  do  not.  We  shall  immediately  make  the 
endeavor,  however,  and  do  the  best  that  we  can  towards  accomplish¬ 
ing  your  request.  In  the  meantime,  however,  it  will  greatly  facil- 
itate  our  examination  and  our  compliance  with  your  request,  if 
you  will  send  us  a  list  of  the  papers  which  we  hold  for  you,  to¬ 
gether  with  a  reference  to  the  dates  of  such  receipts  of  ours  which 
you  hold  covering  such  papers.  Major  Eaton  will  be  away  only  a 
short  time  longer  and  it  would  be  more  satisfactory  to  us  on  all 
accounts,  to  have  him  deal  with  this  matter  himself,  particularly 
as  your  relations  to  the  firm  were  rather  more  personal  relations 
to  him  than  otherwise.  Still,  if  in  the  meantime,  you  have  use  for 

any  specific  papers,  and  will  let  us  know  what  they  are,  we  will 
make  every  effort  to  find  thorn  among  his  papers  and  to  let  you  have 
them  upon  your  receipt,  and  we  shall  also  await  the  list  which 
prepare  as  abovo  suggested. 

Trusting  that  this  will  be  satisfactory,  we  beg 


Very  truly  yours, 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Articles  (D-92-04) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  requesting 
Edison  to  write  articles;  correspondence  relating  to  articles  about  Edison  or 
his  inventions;  and  letters  from  journalists  seeking  to  interview  Edison.  Also 
included  is  a  draft  in  Edison’s  hand  of  a  proposed  article  on  the  tariff  issue. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine  requests  for 
Edison  to  write  articles  or  grant  interviews  (such  requests  often  received  a 
response  that  Edison  was  "too  busy"  to  comply);  other  routine  correspondence 
regarding  articles  and  interview  arrangements;  letters  of  transmittal;  duplicate 
copies  of  selected  items.  Also  not  filmed  is  an  incomplete  article  on 
mechanical  calculators  by  Arthur  E.  ICennelly. 

My  Dear  Mr.  Edison:-  Your  favor  of  Deo. 
received,  and  I  sincerely  trust  that  you  have  re¬ 

covered  from  la  Grippe,  and  are  feeling  all  right 
again.  I  write  to  remind  you  of  my  favor  of  recent 
date,  asking  a  contribution  frum  you  for  our  Decen¬ 
nial  Number,  which  appears  Feb.  20,-^ths  celebration 
of  the  ten  years  of  existence  of  the  Review.  The 
former  letter  folly  explains  what .we  want,  and  I 
trust  you  will  not  forget  us,  and  we  slall  be  glad 
to  hear  from  you,  say  by  Feb.  1. 

With  regards  and  best  wishes,  I  remain, 
Very  sincerely  yours. 

The  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of  New  York. 

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General  Offices,  Pearl,  cor.  Elm  St. 

New  York,  4  January ,  1892. 
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'i'hos.  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  New  Jersey 
Dear  Hr.  Edison  : 

Somo  time  since  r  received  from  my  friends  of  D.  Appleton 
r  &  Co.,  the  publishers,  a  request  that  I  would  give  to  Professor 
^  N.  S.  Shaler,  as  representing  them,  a  letter  of  introduction  to 
You.  I1>  seems  that  this  publishing  house  has  in  contemplation 
for  1893  an  important- work  on  American  Progress  up  to  that  date 
and  is  most  anxious  to  obtain  your  cooperation  in  it  i'rom'the 
electrical  ^de: to  an  extent  which  Professor  Shaler  desires  to 
explain  to  ’pa  personally.  I  wrote  Messrs.  Appleton  &  Co.  that 
•A  your  time  jras  so  engrossed  with  inventive  work  that  I  always 
y. hesitated  to  permit  mysolf  to  give  anyone  a  letter  of  introduction 
to  you  for  other  purposes  or  without  your  assent;  they  have, 
however,  again  written  me  saying  that  the  burdon  upon  your  time 
.would  be  very  small,  and  I  therefore  ask  if  I  may  give  the  desired 
letter  to  ProfessorlShaler,  whoso  name  you  will  recognize  as  that 
of .one  of  our  leading  people  in  the  scientific  field, 
th  best  wishes  for  the  New  Year,  I  am 
Very  truly  yours, 

. ‘  Q  crvVt'U/t 


Very  much  obliged  indeed  ^or  Mr.  Edison's  portrait.  It 
was  just  what  we  wanted,  and  we  an£  pleased  to  note  tint  you  will 
remind  Mr.  Edison  of  the  fact  that  we  wamt  an  interesting  little 
story  for  publication  in  the  Review's  Decennial  Number. 

The  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of  New  York. 

W.  A.  RUSSELL,  Al 

General  Offices,  Pearl,  cor.  Elm  St. 

New  York,  12  January,  1892. 

,  Aeceiv^ 

.ypjF  _ 

A.  0.  Tate,  Esq., 

Edison's  Laboratory. 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Tate-  t 

I  have  your  favor  of  January  lit/:,  in  reference  to  £ 
appointment  with  Professor  Shaler.  J  I  am  passing  your  word 
on  to  the  gentleman  who  communicated  with  me. 

Very  truly  yoUrs, 

J).  (  3.  0  <tvVVxlx 

eneral  Rlectrj 
New  Yorh,  N. 

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Enclosed  we  hand  you  a  couple  of  cl 
nfnvspaper  published  at  Charlotte,,  N.O.  If  th 

a«  r  1  <L*' 

.ppings  t  eked'  f  rompthe 

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;re  are  any  points  of 

interest  concerning  your  contemplated .trip  to  North  Carolina  that -yon 
care  to  have  published  in  industrial  iourpa’is,  especially  electrical 
and  iron  papers,  we  would  be  under  many  obligations  to  you  if  you 
would  kindly  commuhinato  such  facts  to  us  through  your  secretary. 

May  we  ask  if  it  is  gold  that  you  propose  to  experiment  with, 
or  if  it  iR  not  to  continue  the  ^evporiment.s  that  you  have  already 
commenced  with  such  success  in  the  Northern 'part,  of  New  Jersey. 

The  industrial  world  is  naturally  interested  in  every  move  you 

rr.abe,  and  we  would  be  highly  gratified  to  be  the  humble  means  of 

communicating  information  regarding  your  movements  -to  the  industrial 
workers  of  the  country.  Trusting  we  may  have  the  honor  of  an  early 
reply,  we  are, 

Very  truly  yours.  Q  iy' 


Manager.  /  ' 

(Dictated , 


W.  H.  TEM  PLE,  President. 

•)  diblishod  by 


US®  Times  Buiilldilm^, 

Q  '  imstyviA'  Jan’v  21st.,  1892, 

R  ECfr 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 
Orange  , 

We  have  made  arrangements  with  Mr.  John  Brisben  Walker, 
Editor  of  the  Cosmopolitan  Magazine,  to  answer  throughour  journal 

all  questions  of  an  eleotrioal  nature  pertaining  to  the  subject 
of  aerial  navigation.  This  will  be  editorially  announced  by  the 
Cosmopolitan  Magazine  in  their  March  issue,  arrangements  not 
having  been  made  in  time  for  a  previous  announcement. 

In  view  of  your  liberal  offer  as  published  in  the 
official  announcement  of  the  Cosmopolitan’s  scheme,  I  will  be  glad 
from  time  to  time  to  avail  myself  of  your  advice  in  this  matter. 

r  '/  C  >-(1 


Yours  truly. 

Edit or. 

Thomas  Maguire  Esq., 


j  htu  6  -  iUul.  f  ; 


Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  hand  you  herewith  a  letter  from  Mr.  Charles  V/. 
Price,  Editor  of  the  "Electrical  Review",  concerning  an  article 
which  he  wishes  to  obtain  from  Mr.  Edison.  I  believe  that  you 
have  already  been  in  correspondence  with  Mr.  Prico  on  this  subject. 
Please  advise  him  promptly  whether  or  not  you  are  ablo  to  obtain 

the  article  from  Mr.  Edi s 


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Edison  Bldg.  ,#44  Broad  St., City. 
My  dear  Mr. Sate! - 

Can  you  get  us  that  little  story  from  Mr. 
Edison?  We  would  like  to  have  it  not  later  than 
Wednesday  of  next  week.  We  have  made  a  good  photo- 

_y-v  . 

graphicpf  him, and  would  like  something  from  his  pen 
even  if  it  is  only  a  dozen  lines  or  more.  I  know 
that  you  can  help  us  in  this  respect, for  we  do  not 
want  to  go  to  press  with  the  Electrical  Review  cel¬ 
ebrating  ten  years  of  electrical  history  without 
something  from  Mr. Edison.  Kindly  let  me  hear  from 
you, and  if  necessary  I  will  go, or  sand  out  to  his 

narked  copy  of  the  Decennial  Number  of  the  Electri¬ 

cal  Review  issued  in  celebration  of  its  tenth  birth¬ 
day.  I  trust  you  will  find  it  of  interest.  It 

will  afford  me  much  pleasure  to  receive  a  line  from 
you  should  yor  feel  that  this  issue  deserves  such 
recognition  on  your  part. 

Thomas  A*  Edison,  Esq. , 
Orange,  N,  J, 

Wc  have  in  preparation  a  historical  sketch' of  the  ^dison  gompany 
and  Thomsen-Houston  Company  by  Mr.  Thoe.  L.  Oreene,  one  of  the  objects 
of  which  being  ^  show  that  elecfJrical  investments  are  profitable.  We 
have  the  co-operation  of  the  authorities  at  the  Edison  general  office  in 
Broad  St.,  and  desire  very  much  to  obtain  your  photograph  among  others  to 
accompany  the  article.  We  would  prefer,  unless  you  have  one  later,  the 
photograph  taken  of  you  by  Miss  Harriet  Weed, 

We  would  also  esteem  it  a  great  favor  if  you  could  jot  down 
a  few  incidents  of  your  early  experience  which  have  nbt  yet  been  publish¬ 
ed,  if  any  such  there  be.  We  propose  to  get  this  out  in  good  style-,  and' 
Hope  that  it  will  in  every  way  meibt  Jrbur  approval. 

Thanking  you  in  advance!  for  the  favor  We  Mtffc,  wb  remain. 

Yourb  Very  truly, 


Mrk  W,  0,  Tate, 

The  Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange ,  N,  J, 

Ilear  Sir:- 

■p.^CE  1  EE, 

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Wo  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  April  22nd,  and 
also  a  portrait  of  Mr.  Edison.  Please  accept  our  thanks. 

The  article  mentioned  will  not  appear  for  two  or  three  weeks 
yet  and  meantime  6f  Mr.  Edison  should  return,  so  that  you  can  lay  the 
matter  before  him,  we  would  be  very  glad  to  have  the  photograph  taken  by 
Miss  Weed  in  preference  to  this  one. 


Yours  very  truly, 

Manager, ' 



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liar  J»31  nlay  to  his  vocation  it's  the  effect  of  a  change  in  the 
«  complicated  of  all  hnnem  things,  -Cohere ial  K.uil ibriun,.  - 
I  have  seen  circulars  .oont  out  by  both  parties  containing  ..lost 
cheeky  misstatements  and  editorials  and  coannnications  which  „<,«> 
the  aero  of  mental  mediocrity.  Mo  matter  how  any  particular  in- 

dUatYn‘  %  ?WtaCted*  th°  C°™^  in  this  coWhas 

readied  sue!:  a  point  that  the  prices  -rill  soon  be  cut  UOvm  to 
point  vi, ore  trrj  total  investment  will  not  pay  but  60;  whelit  falls 
.»lo„  that,  capital  ,«».  „p  a,„cic„„  m,L  th. 


wagea  of  the  operatives;  the  men  kick  and  have  a  strike;  the 
Striker,  are  supposed  to  generally  fail,  but  while  thoy  directly 
fail  they  indirectly  succeed,  by  making  it  costly  aid  unpleasant, 
f0"  the  manufacturer  to  keep  his  earnings  up  to  the  C,>  po  int  by 
thia  method.  TTow  the  profit  a  manufacturer  makes  per  day  on  each- 
workman  is  very  small,  but  is  sufficient  to  earn  the  aforesaid  &'/>. 
Therefore,  if  a  manufacturer  in  Newark  only  pays  half  the  wages 
paid  by  a  similar  manufacturer  in  New  York,  and  both  go  into  cut- 
tiny:  prices,  it  looks  to  mo  t!at  the  Now  York  workman  would  soon 
be  out  of  a  job,  without  lie  works  for  as  low  wages  as  his  Newark 
colaborer;  because  the  small  profit  from  each  man  made  by  the 
manufacturer  is  totally  inef  lie  ient  to  give  him  any  app  reciablc 
relief  if  ;,i  received  it.  So  mu  people  howl  about  monopolists  and 

rich  men.  Take  Carnegie  for  instance;  If  Carnegie  had  a  small 
iron  works,  employing  50  men,  and  made  20/  a  daV  off  each,  his 
income  would  be  ?», 000  a  year,  and  nothing  would  be  said;  but 
because  he  has  brains  and  great  organizing  capacity,  ever  on  the 
outlook  to  take  advantage  of  natural  conditions,  and  employs 
20,000  man  and  makes  a  million  a  year,  he  is  a  dangerous  man  to 
the  cormiunity .  X  don't  believe  Carnegie  made  his  money  by  the 
tariff.  He  might  have  made  a  little  more  money  by  tj-.o  tariff;  so 
did  iiis  men.  Carnegie  would  make  money  in  any  business.  The 
great  masters  of  industry  have  their  greatest  fields  in  trades 
where  consumption  and  competition  are  greatest,  because  as  long  as 
the  least  efficient  of  the  several  thousand  competitors  can  exist 

they  can  thrive,  by  reason  of  better  management,  greater  output 
and  diminished  reneral  expenses.  If  many  go  to  the  wall,  the 
supply  riimini nhes,  the  prices  advance,  and  the  great  masters  of 
industry  still  malic  more  ron-V,  and  why  this  should  be  censurable 
I  cannot  understand.  However,  a  billion  hors 3  power  of  wind  made 
to  articulate  Wifert  alter  any  natural  lav/,  either  mental  or  material 
Is  far  as  the  tariff  concerns  myself,  any  change  in  t- e  tariff  on 
iron  ore  would  <-ive  me  a  great  deal  of  trouble.  I  have  the  second 
largest  #»  crushing  mill  in  th.e  world  at  Ordcn,  M,  ,T.,  conceit- 
t.  rat  any  the  country  rock  of  the  Tin”  Jersey  Highlands,  'these  rocks 
which  contain  a  small  (plan  ti  ty  of  magnetic  i  «rm  crystals  scattered 
through  th.e  feldspar  occur  in  vast  bodies,  and  I  have  undertaken 
to  obtain  from  this  waste  rock,  by  crnjjJ^ng  and  magnetic  devices, 
pi/;  iron  oro.  Owing  to  the  small  quantity  of  iron  in  the  rook  the 
margin  per  ton  is  very  snail,  but  by  a  pro at  output  tbs  works  are 
being  made  to  pay.  The  only  competitor  is  foreign  ore.  If  the 
tariff  is  1  taken  off,  the  beautiful  scheme  of  making  the  highlands 
of  Jersey  along  its  GO  miles  of  length  alive  with  industry  will 
pet  a  black  eye  about  seven  miles  in  diameter,  and  the  habitants 
thereof  will  g o  back  to  planting  beans  with  a  shot  run,  and  I  can 
turn  the  V/orks  into  a  Hanitarinm  for  liver  complaint,  as  it  is 
asserted  by  the  inhabitants  around  there  that  the  mine  water  is  a 
sure  cure  for  liver  complaint,  as  one  of  the  oldest  miners  when 
he  died  had  to  have  his  liver  killed  with  a  club.  Had  there  been 
no  tariff  I  should  not  in  all  probability  have  attacked  the  prob¬ 
lem,  but  since  there  was  a  tariff  with  a  margin  which  woulu  permit 

Heir.  Jersey  ana  Pennsylvania  ^o&centraUng  Korku, 

Orange,  Herr.  Jersey.'  . 

I  '  e>  C-  ^  is/tA-1'"  ' 

Gentl&ian,  ^  ^  $ 

Hill  you  kindly  tell  «e  where  I  Kan-  attain '* 

Illustrations  of  the  Edison  Jfegnetl'C  Seje  rater. 11  jfajr:  engaged  in  anting 
a  work  upon  lining  and  I  desire  to  Illustrate  and  «e*crl;te  thlB  eachlne. 

S  «aii  refer  you  to  ay  friend  Hr.  John  Blrkintflne  through  who*  I  renzelyed 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Clubs  and  Societies  (D-92-07) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison  s  membership  and  activities  in  social  clubs  and  professional  societies. 
Included  is  a  letter  regarding  a  proposed  electrical  society  in  Philadelphia. 

Approximately  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine 
correspondence  regarding  club  meetings  and  activities;  printed  circulars. 
Much  of  the  unfilmed  material  relates  to  the  Brooklyn  Institute  of  Arts  and 



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The  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of  New  York. 

RP  r"  bowIer3  fIrst”!""  P«,ID(NT  srkues»ae"L  s|c'y  *«■>  trms. 

Genera/  Offices ,  Pearl,  cor.  Elm  St. 

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« - - - - - New  York  ,  April  14,  1892. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Edison!  s  Laboratory,  ^^CEIVj££) 

Orange,  .New,'  Jersey.  1  5  1892 

Bear  Sir,- 

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At  a  meeting  of  the  Electric  Club  held  last  Monday 
evening,  it  was  found  that  the  response  to  the  assessments 
sent  out  was  so  meager  that  it  was  necessary  to  appoint  a  committee 
to  solicit  subscriptions  from  members  who  have  been  unable  to 
attend,  to  enable  the  Club  to  meet  its  indebtedness. 

The  gentlemen  present,  including  Messrs.  Herrick,  Insull, 
Shain,  Phelps,  Morrison,  and  others,  made  liberal  subscriptions 
of  $250  and  less,  and  the  names  of  the  absent  members  were  divided 
among  a  committee  whose  duty  it  is  to  communicate  with  them  and 
solicit  their  subscriptions. 

As  I  shall  probably  be  unable  to  call  upon  you  personally 
I  venture  to  address  you  by  letter  and  ask  that  you  enclose  in 
the  accompanying  envelope,  addressed  to  the  Treasurer  of  the  Club, 
such  subscription  as  you  may  feel  disposed  to  make. 


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In  1879,  to  Sir  William  Thomson  (now  Lord 

with  reference  to  the  transmission  of  telegraphic 
In  1880,  to  James  Prescott  Joule,  LL.D.,  D.C.L., 

research,  the  true  relation  between  hear,  electricity, 
and  mechanical  work,  thus  affording  to  the  engineer  a  I 

which  his  researches  and  writings  have  had  upon  the 
progress  of  the  science  and  practice  of  metallurgy.” 

In  1890,  to  William  Henry  Perkin,  F.R.S.,  “for  his 
discovery  of  the  method  of  obtaining  colouring  matter 
from  coal  tar,  a  discovery  which  led  to  the  establish¬ 
ment  of  a  new  and  important  industry,  and  to  the 
utilisation  of  large  quantities  of  a  previously  worthless 

In  1891,  to  Sir  Frederick  Abel,  K.C.B.,  D.C.L., 

Thos. A. Edison, Esq. , 
Orange,  N.J, 

^sJECEI  V££) 

JUL  X  0  1092 

Dear  Mr. Edison:-  ,  ,, 

Msd - 

Please  accept  my  cordial  thanks,  as  well  as  the 
thanks  of  the  New  York  Press  Club,  for  the  generous  donation  you 
made  to  the  building  fund  in  your  note  to  me  of  yesterday.  It  was 
read  at  the  dinner  at  Manhattan  Beach,  and  received  with  great 

I  told  Mr, 'Depew  that  you  had  a  pretty  good  opinion 
of  him,  and  also  named  the  two  other  men  you  mentioned, -Ingersoll 
and  Pullman  and  he  remarked  that  it  was^a  very  remarkable  trio." 

I  send  you  under  another  cover  a  number  of  marked 


With  regards,  I  remain 


Office:  28,  rue  Serpente,  Hotel  des  Societes  Savantes 

(Open  from  2  to  4  P.  M.) 

ami  .uo.nuy  mmi:ns  viu:  tu  m  Aimm;ssi;n  to  ’i  hi.  i'iiiii  cssoii 
E.  BCETTCHER,  28,  rue  Serpente  a  Paris 

Prc-siiltnil  il'hoimcur:  K.  m:  i.’Ami.n  i>i:k  Masuiu-.s,  h.iicicu  Maii  o,  rilitivalioi-  ite  In  I.uKion  d'hoimcur. 
t'ntsiilonl  Dn-wlem-;  he  I'rato.sseur  K.  M,i:nr.m:n.  liiH,iNicur  civil  uHlio  Polytechnic  Assoeintion. 
Secretaire  General :  K.  Muiicu,  liigcnicur  civil. 


Paris,  the  ^ 


Me  lii'Kln  minim  jmi  llml  uflei  the  examination  of  your  Inst  invenlion  llie  Acndemy  has  conferred 
upon  you  the  tille  of  BEon«mry  (uu.miiiih  h’uo.vvKtoi)  aitli  award  of  me  first  class 
&  flic  €■  rent  ifalil  metlal.  (Tjildcil) 

This  hoiionihlo  title  will  he  of  no  oxpeneo  to  you,  hut  if  you  are  desirous  to  receive  the  Modal  and  Di¬ 
ploma,  you  would  have  to  send  us  a  Post  money  order  of  ten  dollars  (or  currency  per  registered  letter)  to  cover 
admission  taxes  Iroighl,  ele.,  and  we  shall  send  holh  well  packed  and  free  of  charge  to  your  adress. 

I  rusting  that  our  invitation  will  he  favorably  received,  we  are  at  your  disposition  in  Invention 
anti  Patent,  matters  according  to  the  Statutes  of  the  Academy  wieh  arc  enclosed,  and 

We  remain,  Sir,  Your  obedient  servant 


Cable  address:  BCETTCHER,  Ingenieur,  Paris 


Manufacturers  and  exhibitors 


A  Society  has  boon  established  untitled  : 

Parisian  Academy  of  Inventors,  Manufacturers 
and  Exhibitors. 

Amt.  It 

The  Academy  Ims  lor  object  as  follows: 

X.  I.  To  contribute  to  the  progress  of  all  wbicb  concerns 
public  prosperity; 

discoveries  and  to  assist  inventors  by  ils'inllnence,  its  r'cla- 

benol’it  from  their  inventions  and  mnoviillous;  *" 

X.  M.  To  enterlaUl  I'elations  to  be  followed  up  by  a  bro¬ 
therly  spirit  between  all  its  moinbers. 

A  nr.  ill 

The  Academy  proposes  and  awards  Diplomas  and  Medals 
to  the  Authors  of  the  most  valuable  inventions,  to  Iho  most 
meritorious  mechanics  and  agriculturists,  and  to  exhibitors 
who  have  successfully  participated  in  French  &  Foreign 
exhibitions  and  to  Authors  of  tlio  best  works. 

The  head  office  of  the  Academy  is  located  in  Paris. 

The  members  of  the  Academy,  of  .which  the  number  is 
unlimited,  are  divided  into  aotivo  members  and  houorarv 

in  never  exceed  the 

Aiit.  A'll 

To  be  admitted  ns  a  member  of  ftp  Academy,  a  petition 
must  be  addressed  to  the  President,  or  the  petitioner  must 
be  presented  by  a  member,  unless  one  receives  a  direct 
invitation  from  the  President,  which  is  issued  when  an 
inventor  a  mechanic,  agriculturist  or  merchant  lias  been 
especially  mentioned  to  him.  Acceptation  of  membership 
conlered  by  tlio  Academy  involes  by  rigid  the  adhesion  to 
the  statutes  add  the  payment  of  dues,  stipulated  hereafter. 

Aiit.  VIII 

A  single  admission  taxe  of  45  francs  is  due  from  each 
new  member.  This  Ice  is  obligalorv  and  payable  iuadvance 
by  postal-order  addressed  to  M.  Itmllchcr.  It  is  inlondot  to 
cover  partly  the  costs  of  administration,  publication,  cor¬ 
respondence  &  oilier  items. 

Tlio  direction  of  the  Academy  is  confided  to  the  Director- 

As  lias  I icen  said  in  article  III,  of  the  statutes,  the  Aca¬ 
demy  awards  diplomas  and  medals  to  ils  members  these 
distinctions,  being  entirely  gratuitous,  nru,  awarded  In- 
proposal  of  tile  president. 

Aiit.  XI 

'  A  statement  of  the  work  of  the  Academy,  of  the  commu¬ 
nications  wteh  are  made  to  it,  and  of  those  which  it  judges 
proper  to  make  on  soionlilie,  industrial  ft  agricultural 
questions,  will  be  edited  by  the  Preridont  anil  published 

This  Hullclin  will  bo  addressed  to  each  of  its  members, 
Aiit.  XIII 

The  members  of  tlio  Academy  liavo  the  right  to  present 
candidates,  to  demand  information,  and  to  consult  on  each 
industrial,  Commercial  or  agricultural  all'air  for  advice  ns 
to  industrial  property,  patents  or  inventions  application 
warning  &  sale  of  patents  falsification,  etc. 

Aiit.  XIV 

Wishing  to  assist  ils  members,  tlio  Academy  undertakes 
to  take  out. patents  in  all  countries,  to  facilitate  the  sale  of 
them,  and  to  make  the  best  of  them. 

Aiit.  XV 

Tlio  Academy  does  not  count  upon  tlio  eventual  boneflls 
which  might  accrue  from  ils  operations,  and  charges  abso¬ 
lutely  nothing  but  for  its  disbursements. 

An-r.  XVI 

The  members  of  the  Academy,  are  in  no  case  responsible 

The  are  at  liberty  to  resign  at  any  time  they  desire. 

Aiit.  XVIII 

The  direction  may  confer  the  title  of”  Honorary  Presi- 
lenl  ”  upon  the  members  of  the  Academy  in  consideration 
of  exceptional  services  rendered, to  the  institution. Tliaso  title 
icing  exclusively  an  honorary  one,  does  not  involve  any 
bligations  or  responsibility.  1 

All  letters,  money, etc,  must  be  addressed  to  EJicr-lleher 
28,  rue  Serpenle,  Paris. 

1  •” . . "s  special  attention  to  articles  IT  ‘ 

Imprimcrie  F.  Lunov  a  Vimoulicrs  (Onto). 

(Notice  for  <$? embers  of  the  (Academy 


1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Employment  (D-92-08) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  from  or  about  employees  and 
former  or  prospective  employees.  There  are  also  letters  of  recommendation 
m  support  of  individuals  seeking  employment.  Most  of  the  correspondence 
relates  to  employment  requests  for  the  West  Orange  laboratory  or  various 
Edison  companies.  Some  documents  are  partially  illegible  due  to  water 
damage  and  faded  ink. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  Most  of  the 
documents  selected  for  filming  contain  a  significant  response  from  Edison. 

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Pear  Sir: 

'Vill  you  ) indly  do  us  the  favor  to  give  us  some  information 
regarding  Mr.  P.  T.  Marshall,  who  writes  that  he  lias  executed  some  v.ork 
ior  you,  and  refers  us  to  you.  We  arc  especially  interested  will, 
relerence  to  his  fitness  for  underground  surveys  and  maping,  and 
desire  information  regarding  his  character  and  habits.  Is  J.e  an 
energetic  and  rapid  workman,  of  good  disposition,  and  has  he  oreferene 
for  chemical  or  for  out  door  work  ? 

Any  tiling  you  may  be  pleased  to  say  will  ye  considered  confiden¬ 

Yours  truly, 

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y>  Thos. A. Edison.  /  . 

'  '  Dear  Sir. 

;VO„you  recall  to  mind  some  years  ago, in  the  days  of  the  old  National 
or  Automatic  Telegraph  Co", when  you  were  experimenting  in  the  Gould 
Machine  Shops  at  Newark  Operator  by  name  of  Richards, that  put 
the  Line  in  repair  between  New  York  and  Washington  ? 

I  am  that  Operator,  and  if  you  do  not  remember  me,  perhaps  you  will 
call- to  mind /a  little  devioe  1  showed  you  for  an  Automatic  Repeating 
At t achment s ome thing  that  could  be  adjusted  to  any  Relay,  thereby 
making  a  set  of  Automatic  Repeaters. I  enclose  a  diagram  of  the  idea 
in  its  original  condition,  as  you  saw  it  at  that  time, and  I  remember 
some  suggestions  you  made  about  it  very  well. I  only  mention  this,  that 
you  may  be  able  to  reoall  me  to  mind. I  was  one  of  the  party  of  five 
that  went  to  England  in  December  I88o  forthe  Edison  Telephone  Co. 

My  object  in  writing  you, is  to  learn  if  you  can  place  me  in  some 
position  with  the  Edison  Company. I  am  a  good  Eleotrian,  and  have  some 
original  ideas  in  my  oramum.X  have  a  family,  and  am  not  doing  as  well 
as  I  could  wish -I  would  like  to  beoome  identified;  with  the  Edison  Co 
■;  and  settle  down  with  them- 

•  If. -J" come  to  New  York  will  you  try  and  place  me  in  some  capacity? 


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r  I-JOV  5  1892  , 

Sir;-  v'"  ‘r 

Mr.  Thomas  A*  Edison,  Orange j  New  Jersey. 

Vf  *-  ■  1  r  Dear  Sir i-  .  . 


''  Pardon  the  apparent  liberty  I  assume 

”y°^*  ?l*oug*1  Probably  havii^'pM’aed^f^  y^  reooirec- 
to  you  at  the ^Bleotrioal  E^ibTtioiToflthe1^  ^ 
1  ~jr :<j  lidtttdte' Several  years  ago^ylyote“iriend!' Mr.  Hoskir.,  whim  I 

<*”*•  of  **»  exhibit  nmde  by  your  Company.  .At  m3 
i pleasure  from  thi"  applanation  you  gave  me  of  yl3 
A  ^iWdispeakiTjg;;telophone.  <^~  / 

• v„  %'Wayof  renewing  our  short  acquaintance  will  say  that  I  mm  am 
I’  isthHim  Of  38  years,  and  though  not  possessed  of  a  teohni- 

,  «•!  oolldge  education  I  have  had  a  very  complete  normal  training  in  a 

southern  University  and,  while  I  have  always  possessed  an  innate  love 
for  scidhod'  and  experiment,  have  never  had  the  means  to  develope  or 
oultivatW  it  by  »  oollegiato  training.  The  knowledge  I  have  acquired 
.  Iff  ufamifltry  Sad  physios  has  boon  of  a  practical  rather  than  of  a 
tlritatnsi  nature.  Have  been  engaged  in  this  oity  for  the  past  twelve 
jWiiUilh  n  very  luge  concern  on  a  modest  salary,  having  more  or 
IlSi  and  eleotrioal  work  to  do,  but  as  there  is  not  enough 

fefcNf  Mi  ateadily  employed  in  those  capacities  a  further  inorease 
*11  m  b.  My  oh«.io„l  wort  consists  Mi»ly 

»'(;8*f.A.E. ) 

analysis,  smelting  and  tafiningj  and  the  eleotrioal  work  in  construct¬ 
ing  ahd  testing  electric  oablea  at  our  £aotory  but,  at  ny  own  private 
laboratory  and  workshop,  the  construct  ion  of  instruments  of  precision 
for  testing  and  all  manner  of  fine  experimental  machine  work. 

About  four  years  ago  I  left  the  people  with  whom  1  am  at  present 
employed  to  aocept  a  position  with  the  Hibbard  Electric  Man*  fg  and 
i  Sapply^^-pf  Montreal,  Canada,  with  most  brilliant  prospeots  and  1 
thou^te||^|^tt8r .  myself*  the  Company  went  under  in  about  five 
months .and  I  returned  to  ay  old  berth.  While  there  1  ooou- 
f*  pied,  the  position  of,  superintendent  of  the  instrument  department  and 
^  tot  the  Dominion  to  install  a  central  station  for 

?>'%&lusively  euyplyiflg  elestrioity  for  n  motive  power,  the  Bdison- 
%psgu,e  system  warn. used. 

More  than  a  ye«r  ago  1  became  an  enthusiast  on  the  phonograph 
and  being.  the  iassss  of  an  instrument  have  made  the  aubjeot  a  study, 
resulting,  ir>  the  development  of  several  devioes  which,  I  feel  con- 
dent*  be  et  value  to  the  perfeotion  of  the  instrument. 

many  years  past  it  has  bean  my  one  desire  to  be  oonneoted 
with  ysmS  laboratory,  more  especially  the  phonograph  department,  and, 
ihiia  |  do  not  for  an  instant  delude  myself  with  the  thought  that  I 
# Hi  oh  out  he  favored  with  suooess,  I  write  that  in  the  event  of  a 
one  of  eg  tastes  and  inclinations  should  be  required  it  would 
StWI#*'  •oheaiided  pleasure  to  be  considered.  Could  come  to  you  well 
nMMFmed<**’ine  of  thee  being  personal  acquaintances  of  yours. 

»  Hoping  to  toe  feme*  with  e  reply  when  it  way  suit  year  con¬ 
venience,  >li*f  •*» 




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1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Family  (D-92-09) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  by  and  about 
Edison’s  family.  Included  are  letters  from  James  Symington,  a  friend  of  the 
family  who  was  traveling  with  Edison’s  father,  Samuel.  Other  letters  by 
Sherburne  B.  Eaton,  Edison’s  attorney,  relate  to  the  estate  of  Maiy  Stilwell 
Edison  and  the  assignment  of  a  mortgage  to  Helen  (Nellie)  Edison,  widow  of 
Edison  s  brother,  William  Pitt.  There  are  also  several  requests  for  money  and 
personal  favors  from  various  relatives  and  a  note  from  Edison  regarding  the 
monthly  stipend  he  provided  his  daughter  Marion. 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed  except  for  duplicate  copies  of 
selected  items.  F 


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Samuel  Edison,  Esq., 

' Fort  Myers ,  Florida. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison,- 

I  enclose  he rov.'ith  a  letter  received  from  Mr. 
James  Symington,  in  which  he  ashs  Mr.  Edison  to  send  him  a  check 
for  §30.  I  understand  from  Mr.  Randolph  that  you  desire  all  such 
requests  referred  to  yourself  before  being  acted" upon.  Please  in- 
fonn  mo  if  it  is  your  wish  that  Mr.  Edison  should  send  the  check 
asked  for,  or  if  you  prefer  to  pay  the  money  yourself.  Also, 
Please  return  Mr.  Symington's  letter  with  your  reply. 

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of  to  Mr.  oymington,  and  ho  requested  Johnnie  to  refer  to  him  f0 

frsts  for  mone^  that  might  be  received  from 
Symington.  Iho  check  ref o '-red  to  wan  +n  .t.  j.-, 

wants  to  pay  all  moneys  to  Symington  hiinsol f.  3  1Sr’  3S  h° 

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Dear  .Mr.  Edison:- 

if  so,  please  give  me  her  address.  ’  d 

?.f  ms  sltss.vs.s- 

Very  truly  yours, 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange  ,  MAR  7  -  1892 

N-  J.  Ans'd - 38 

Dear  Sir:- 

Re  Assignment,  of  Mortgage  to  Mrs.  Heleh  Edison.  I  beg 
to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  4th  inst . ,  giving  me 
the  correct  name  of  Mrs.  Edison,  together  with  her  address. 

I  will  have  the  document  recorded,  and  then  forward  the 
same  to  her,  in  accordance  with  your  instructions. 

T.  A.  E. 


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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir;- 

Re  Assignment  of  Mortgage  to  Mrs.  Helen  Edison.  Refer¬ 
ring  to  your  favor  of  the  4th  inst.,  I  beg  to  inform  you  that  the 
Assignment  of  Mortgage  to  Mrs.  Helen  Edison  has  been  duly  recorded 
in  the  Register's  Office  of  st.  Clair  County,  Michigan,  and  1  have 
this  day  forwarded  the  same  to  her,  in  accordance  with  the  instruct¬ 
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44  isonbi 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Pear  Sir: 

Comranv  fn,  i.T~  ®  t0  th°  unpaid  biil'bf  thTtoerican  Surety 

tor  oTtlSy  i  Edison  I?’  I892>  a*ainat  yo*  aa  Administral 

t  r  of  Mary  A.Edison,  I  beg  to  submit  the  following  report: 

0n  February  17,  1885-,  you  were  appointed  Admin, 
istrator  by  the  Surrogate  of  New  York  County,  and  on  the  same  date 
the  Aneri can  Surety  Company  went  on  your  bond  for  $100, 00Q  as  suri, 
g*  nnnP?arS  y  y°U  desP°sited  with  the  said  Company,  as  security 
withdrawn"  ^Ih tw°-thirds  of  which  have  since  been  ’ 
ti  H  were  deposited  in  a  box  in  the  Mercan- 

vnn  1  Company»  havln&  two  locks,  or  a  double  lock, 

kevs  he-  Urety  Oompany  eaoh  havinS  different  keys,  and' both 

tw  +hinS  n6CeSSa^y  t0  op9n  the  box»  The  Surety  Coinpany  states 
that  this  premium  has  been  paid  by  you  up  to  last  year* 

evnene.  s  (2)  'l'hsther  you  wili  continue  to  incur  this  annual 

an^unf  ,*eth0r  or  n°t  »  final  decree  allowing  your 

Administrator  has  beofl  entered  in  the  Surrogates  Court, 
th*  h2L?  decree  were  entered,  and  a  certified  copy  was  served  o£ 
the  Surety  Company,  and  ypur  hond  wero  discharged!  this  expense 
Telove  tl;?"  §t°^"  Whether  such  a  decree  has  been,  entered,  /disqwss 

(S)  Pag  the  aforesaid  decree  allowing  your  final 
accounts  ever  been  entered?  I  am  cjiite  well  satiffCdfrom  what 
the  Surety  Company  states  and  from  what  appears  of  record  at  the 
°°urt*  that  deoreeehas  ever  bSen  eSereS  5he 

he  was  aboSfT  a,t®  **at  Mr’  Tomlinson  informed  them  in  1887  that 
he  was  about  to  take  steps  to  procure  such  a  decree*  I  have  had 

haseeveCr  h  Surr°eate's  Office  and  find  tSt  no  decree 

and  ao  far  as  ap^s  there«  n°  *«*  » 

(4^If  you  wish, 

allowing  youh  accounts,  and  then  discharge  ^he^ortd^without^c- 

tually  distributing  the  Estate  among  the  legal  descendents?  You 
cannot.  As  some  of  the  heirs  are  minors,  guardians  would  have 
to  be  appointed,  and  it  would  be  a  somewhat  complicated  and  ex¬ 
pensive  matter  to  wind  up  the  estate.  In  winding  up  the  estate 
and  before  your  bond  as  Administrator  oould  be  discharged,  you 
would  have  to  distribute  the  Estate. 

(5)  In  any  event  you  must  pay  this  bill  for  the  past 
year,  and  if  you  will  kindly  send  me  a  cheque  for  §150  drawn  to  the 
order  of  The  American  Surety  Company,  I  shall  see  that  it  is  at¬ 
tended  to.  Apparently;  that  will  pay  their  charge  up  to  February 
17,  1892,  which  appears  to  be  the  annual  period  of  payment. 

(6)  YAL11  you  leave  ,  this  estate  as  it  is  and  con¬ 
tinue  to  pay  this  amount  annually  ?.J)r,  will  you  leave  your  bond  as 
it  is  and  procure  another  surety  or  sureties  who  will  make  no 
charge,  to  take  the  place  of  the  American  Surety  Company  which 
charges  this  annual  compensation?  or,, will  you  go  on  and  wind 
up  the  estate  and  distribute  whatever  assets  there  are  among  those 
entitled  thereto  by  law? 

Awaiting  your  instructions,  I  remain, 

Very  truly  yours, 

^  [  edisoh  i 

^teu'2fa&. — jiay-ii,.-i89a. 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.,  JUL  i^Gii  _.,v; 

Do-  sip;  °/  — 


letter  to  you  of  the  8th  ult.  as  well  as’ to  Mr  ’  E^!?  ’  ?  my 

<.f  th,  io,  h  «i,„  i  toe  to  .UM“tvs;  »• 

dated  June  25th^II892°1fot’dfiTsnaSe  fooeipt  of  said  Company 



sr?s: >r t,,e  «s“n”‘Spp:.e‘!plrMLtte 

s  srS  jsr^r  ;£r~  “ 

bond  might  be  r.dueed  ft-om  (too  to  Zl 

such  a  small  reduction  worth  going  into  Court  for?  ’  1 

Awaiting  your  instructions,  I  remain 


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1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Financial  (D-92-10) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison’s  personal  investments  and  other  financial  interests.  Most  of  the  items 
are  from  Woerishoffer  &  Co.,  one  of  the  brokerage  firms  handling  Edison’s 
investments.  There  are  also  a  few  letters  from  Drexel,  Morgan  &  Co.  and  two 
summary  balance  statements  of  Edison’s  accounts  with  the  two  firms. 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed. 


JVo.  S3  Wall  Street, 

We  beg  to  give  you  at  foot  a  list  of  the  Securities  held  by  us  at  this 
date,  for  your  account  and  at  your  risk. 

Please  confirm  the  same  to  us,  after  comparison  with  your  books, 
and  oblige, 


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No.  52  Exchange  Place, 

P.  O.  BOX  3105.  ; 

Gfc  ta  . Aug*  9th, . *92.*'. . ,/S' 

Thomas  A*  Edison,  Esq,, 

Orange,  N,  J, 

Bear  Sir:— 

Yours  of  8th  inst,  received,  with  bond 

orders  as  stated. 

We  succeeded  in  getting  the  50,000  Lehigh  Valley  of  Hew  York 
Pirst  Mortgage  Bonds  at  103  7/8, 

The  Forth,  Pacific  Pirst  Mortgage  Bonds  we  bought  at  116; 

116  1/4  and  116  l/2,  as  per  statement  enclosed. 

We  have  not  been  able  to  get  the  General  Electric  Debentures, 
although  we  may  do  so  tomorrow,  but  all  the  bonds  sold  today  have 
been  at  104  3/4, 

As  per  statement  enclosed,  you  will  find  that  we  sold  200  of 
the  stook  at  115  l/4. 

Please  send  us  the  names  for  registering  the  bonds  purchased. 

No.  52  Exchange  place, 

ofatu  . 17th 

»-  '92* . 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir: — 

The  bonds  have  now  all  been  duly  transferred  to  your  name  as 
instructed  and  we  hold  them  subject  to  your  order. 

They  consist  of: 

50,000  lehigh  Valley  Registered  4  l/2s,) 

25,000  General  Electric  5s,  j  lately  purchased 

50,000  Eor.  Pac.  Firstfcs  ) 

In  addition  we  hold: 

100,000  Cincinnati,  Ind„  St.L,  &  Chgo.  4s,  received 
from  the  Trust  Company  some  time  ago; 

10,000  Edison  Eleotrle  Illuminating  Co.  5s,  registered 
in  the  name  of  Thomas,  A,  Edison,  and 

29,000  Ditto.,  registered  in  the  name  of  Ulna  M.Edison. 

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P.  O.  BOX  3105. 

ofcut  . Sept. . 29th. . •?a. . 

Thomas  A,  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J, 

Dear  Sir: — 

We  telephoned  you  this  afternoon  that  we  received  the 
25,000  bonds  from  the  Trust  Company  registered,  in  your  name  and 
holding  them  subj  ect  to  your  order, 

Yours  truly. 

No.  52  Exchange  Place, 

ofc*  . 0ct, . i 

Thomas  A,  Edison,  Esq,, 

Your  letter  reoeived  oonoeming  your  loan  of  $50,000 
due  on  16th, 

We  will  renew  the  loan  at  6  months,  hut  cannot,  at  th.  moment, 
definitely  fix  the  rate,  but  we  think  it  will  not  be  over  6  %. 

If  you  prefer,  we  will  renew  the  loan  without  naming  any  particu¬ 
lar  time  and  charge  you  whatever  is  the  fair  current  rate  tor 
money  and  you  can  have  the  money  as  long  as  you  need  it,  so  that 
you  need  feel  no  anxiety  about  the  maturity  of  the  loan. 

Money  is  more  active  today  and  it  has  loaned  as  high  as  2*. 

Yours  truly. 

OFFICE  OF  WOERISHOFFER  &  CO.,  mans  sommeahoff. 

No.  52  Exchange  Place, 

cJi tu  0ot, Ififctu. '93, . ,/j’ y s. 

Thomas  A,  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:  — 

The  loan  of  $60,000  maturing  today,  with  the  N.  7.  Central 
Firsts  as  collateral,  has  been  extended  for  60  days,  at  5  l/2  % 
from  Monday  next. 

We  charge  your  account  $1,000,  the  interest  to  date  on  the  above 
loan  and  $16.67  for  2  days  interest  at  6  %  p.  a. 

Vours  truly. 

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your  subscription  0/..../..O...Q.. . j/ww  of  the  capital  stock  ofThePonupo 

Mining  and  Transportation  Company,  Limited. 

Very  Truly  Yours, 

W.  B.  MYERS, 



We  be g  to  give  you  at  foot  a  list  of  the  Securities  held  by  us  at  this 
date,  for  your  account  and  at  your  risk. 

Please  confirm  the  same  to  us  after  comparison  with  your  boohs, 
and  oblige, 

^oxvrs.  veJ'!).  truly, 

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1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Outgoing  Correspondence  (D-92-11) 

This  folder  contains  copies  of  outgoing  correspondence  similar  to  the 
material  found  in  the  Letterbook  Series.  Most  of  the  letters  cover  the  period 
June-December  1892  and  pertain  to  electric  lighting,  the  kinetograph,  ore 
milling,  the  phonograph,  and  other  technical  and  business  interests.  Included 
are  numerous  letters  regarding  Edison’s  exhibit  at  the  World’s  Columbian 
Exposition  in  Chicago.  Also  included  are  personal  letters  to  family  members 
and  items  relating  to  visits  and  interviews  with  Edison.  Most  of  the 
correspondence  is  by  Edison’s  private  secretary,  Alfred  O.  Tate.  Unsigned 
letters  have  been  attributed  to  Edison,  Tate,  or  Thomas  Maguire  (Tate’s 
secretary),  depending  on  their  content. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine  personal  and 
business  correspondence  regarding  employment  applications,  financial 
transactions,  interviews  with  Edison,  mining  properties,  patents,  and  stock 
transfers;  routine  letters  from  the  West  Orange  laboratory  relating  to 
accounts,  bills,  shipping,  and  orders  for  equipment  and  supplies;  Tate’s 
personal  correspondence;  letters  of  transmittal  and  acknowledgement; 
duplicate  copies  of  items  filmed  in  the  Letterbook  Series. 

•  r/>  tr 

Richard  Everard  We bster,  Esq,, 

Chairman  of  the  Council,  Society  of  Arts, 
London,  England. 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  with  very  many  thanks  the  receipt 
of  your  esteemed  favor  of  24th  tiltimo,  informing  me  that,  with  the 
approval  of  the  President,  His  Royal  Highness  The  Prince  of  Wales, 
the  Council  of  the  Society  have  this  year  awarded  me,  on  account 

of  my  services  in  connection  with  electric  lighting,  telegraphy 
and  the  telephone,  the  Albert  Medal  of  the  Society,  jjdiicb-it—ts 

th-cir— cu  ot  om  te  bcgtWHgKHGatty-Ti 
■fltjlI'.Tfdc Luu'jq  -end1  ■coiuiiO'ne»» 

■■promo  t  i  o  n—of-’-a-rte , 

The  recognition  of  my  work  by  your  distinguished  Society  is 
an  honor  of  which  I  have  the  highest  appreciation.  I  regret 
that  no  opportunity  will  be  afforded  for  me  to  receive  the  medal 
personally  from  your  President,  but  I  await  its  arrival  with  gwat 

I  am,  yours  very  truly, 

\yl'C L  >  £  fic  t  t  V"  CM  O 

Juno  21,  92 

C.  A.  Coffin,  Esq.,  Pros't., 

General  Electric  Company, 

#44  Broad  St.,  Ho w  York. 

Dear  s'irr- 

Yonr  note  of  13th  inst.  dated  at  Boston,  in  regard  to 
the  Board  mooting  of  your  Company  called  for  to-morrow,  V’odncsday , 
at  11  o'clock  a.  m.,  has  been  rec eived  by  Mr.  Edison,  who  directs 
me  to  say  in  reply  that  ho  will  be  glad  to  attend  the  mooting  and 
will  bo  on  hand  at  the  hour  named. 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Secretary. 

fat  *«£,»- 

Juno  22, 

1W'»  Paul  Caras, 

L  a  .Calls,  Illinois. 

Dear  sir:- 

Your  latter  of  2nd  inutajit  is  received  md  contents  of 
same  liavo  been  noted. 

I  have  no  objection  to  your  republishing  my  vie  .a  on  the 
Intel! ifconce  of  Atoms,  ami  I  return  to  you  ha rov/ith  the  'copy  of 
article  containing  sum  which  accompanied  ycv.r  letter.  I  have 
made  no  alterations  in  the  article,  it  bein';  correct  as  it  steads. 

Please  accept  my  i hanks  for  the  copy  of  your  book  entitled 
"The  Soul  of  .an,"  which  y  n  very  indy  sent  to  ma.  I  will-  read 
this  volume- at  the  first  opportunity,  and  hay  a  no  doubt  I  will 
find  it  vary  entertaining* 

The  copies  of  "The  -ionist"  ami  "The  Open  Court,"  referred  -  to 
in  your  communication,  have  also  been  received,  and  they  contain 
much  matter  the  perusal  of  which  I  will  enjoy. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Mr.  Paul  Martinet:, 

,ro.  2  rue  Pilando,  ASNIERES, 

Dear  sir:- 

Please  pardon  the  delay  which  has  occurred  in  replying 
to  your  letter  of  21st  of  April  last,  which  delay  was  unavoidable, 
owinr-  to  ay  absence  fron  home. 

toy  statements  concerning  me  of  the  character  you  recite, 
are  absolutely  false.  I  would  be  the  last  person  in  the  world 
to  contribute  the  eliChtost  aid  to  an  encoy  of  the  French  Republic. 

Yours  vary  truly. 


Juno  24,  139  2. 

Dear  Hr.  Damon,- 

Your  letter  of  21st  instant  is  before  me. 

T  an  told  that  the  Gray  instrument  is  working  very  well. 

Mr.  Gray  is  not  the  original  inventor  of  tlie  method  of  telegraphing 
embodied  in  the  Telautograph,  tho  principle  «nployed  in  sane  having 
been  first  discovered  by  one  Cowper  of  London.  I  think  such  an 
instrument,  if  perfect,  would  be  a  vary  good  thing;  but  it  seems 
to  me  that  with  the  Western  Union  Telegraph  Co.  on  one  side  and 
the' 'Poll  Telephone  people  on  the  other,  no  matter  how  perfect  the 
instrument  might  bo  the  financial  results  would  not  be  very  great. 

The  next  time  I  am  in  Hew  York  I  will  call  on  you  and  tell 
you  a  good  story. 

Yours  very  truly. 

V.".  E.  Damon,  Esc,., 

TIew  York. 

A^& i 

Juno  25,  129  2. 

Ur.  John  V.  Ton  Eyck, 

M  g  n  1  o  Park,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:-  Edison  has  received,  your  letter  of  23rd  instant, 
ill  which  you  ask  his  permission  to  take  the  grass  in  the  field 
back  of  the  Post  Office  at  Menlo  Park.  In  reply  he  directs  me  to 
say  that  he  has  no  objection  to  your  taking  this  grass.  ' 

Private  Secretary. 

,al:od  ms  to  thank  yon  for  the  1 

soPPly  the  material  necessary  in  the  preparation  of  gaao 
your  representative  will  call  a  "a in  at  the  Laboratory  I  sh 
very  Pleased  to  ftive  him  all  the  data  possible.  I  shall 
arranrro  with  our  Photographer  to  furnish  such  pictures  as  , 
desired.  Trusting  tint  this  will  he  satisfactory 

Private  Secretary 

•Tuna  29,  139  g. 

Mr.  George  Reid, 

Main  St.,  Bonny bridge, 


Deal'1  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  11th  instant  addressed  to  Mr.  Edison 
was  received  here  to-day. 

In  regard  to  the  use  of  the  phonograph  as  a  moans  for  curing 
deafness,  Mr.  Edison  has  not  investigated  this  subject  and  cannot 
t  lie  re  fore  infom  you  respecting  it.  He  has  learned  indirectly, 
thraigh  the  newspapers  etc,  that  certain  members  of  the  medical 
profession  are  experimenting  with  the  phonograph  in  the  direction 
indicated,  and  that  from  the  results  already  obtained  they  expect 
to  be  able  to  cure  certain  forms  of  deafness  by  its  aid;  but  a3 
previously  intimated,  he  has  not  looked  into  the  matter  and  cannot 
express  '.an  opinion  upon  it. 

The  phonograph  in  Gt.  Britain  is  controlled  by  the  Edison 
United  Phonograph  Co.,  and  an  instrument  for  use  in  Scotland 
would  require  to  be  obtained  fron  it  or  its  representatives.  Mr. 
Edison  is  prohibited  by  his  contracts  from  supplying  phonographs 
direct,  and  is  unable  therefore  to  entertain  your  request.  The 
Company  named  has  an  office  in  London. 

Yours  truly,- 

Private  Sec’y. 

^ab  -  C(cc(a 

.Tune  30,  1892. 

The  .Am.  V'atchnian ' a  Tine  Detectin'  Co., 

A.  G.  Morse,  Esq.,  Dup't., 

T’Tev;  York. 

Dear  3ir:~ 

Your  favor  of  29th  instant  returning  bill  is  received 
and  we  are  much  obliged  for  the  correction  made  in  the  latter. 

Yror.i  your  remarks  we  infer  that .  in  withdrawing  your  claim  for 
the  three  stations  you  consider  that  you  have  made  a  concession. 

We  do  not  agi'oe  with  you  in  this;  in  our  judgment  you  havo  done 
nothing  more  than  what  you  agreed  to  do. 

You  3ay  that  you  put  in  what  you  were  asked  to  nut  in  gratis, 
in  reply  to  which  we  would  point  out  that  you  were  not-  asked  to 
put  anything  in.  On  the  contrary,  your  Company  asked  to  be  al¬ 
lowed  to  put  the  clock  in  operation,  and  after  the  request  had 
been  repeated  several  times,  Mr.  Edison  accorded  the  desired  per¬ 

A  sentence  in  your  letter  read3  thus:  "Throe  more  (stations) 
were  located  and  constructed  than  the  plana  called  for,  which  we 
regarded  as  an  order  to  have  work  done."  Considering  all  the 
circumstances  involved,  we  cannot  make  any  sense  out  of  this,  and 
would  like  to  know  by  what  process  of  reasoning  you  arrived  at  the 
conclusion  indicated.  Why  you  should  have  regarded  as  an  order 

A.  v/.  T.  fl.  Co.  June  30,  92, 

the  locating  and  constructing  of  throe  additional  stations,  when 
the .  "locatin';"  and  "const  meting"  were  done  by  your  own  mon,  upon 
thair  own  responsibility,  the  writer  fails  to  understand,  more 
especially  as  your  own  proposition  comprehended  the  re-establishing 
of  tho  system  as  it  was  originally  installed,  which  included  some 
29  or  30  stations,  and  there  arc  now  but  22. 

We  certainly  are  of  the  opinion  that  we  were  warj|anted  in 
considering  the  presentation  of  a  bill  on  your  part  for  any  ex¬ 
pense  whatever  connected  with  the  rebuilding  of  the  instrument 
as  inconsistent  with  the  offer  which  you  made  to  Mr.  Edison.  We 
are  still  of  that  opinion  and  are  surprised  that  our  previous 
letter  did  not  convert  you  to  this  view  of  tho  matter.  Mr.  Edison 
VTould  not  shirk  the  percent  of  a  just  bill;  all  that  ho  expected 
was  that  ycur  Company  would  live  up  to  its  agreement. 

We  regret  exceedingly  that  there  should  hsvo  been  any  mis¬ 
understanding  in  the  matter.  The  clock  is  now  working  perfectly 
and  is  giving  us  rrach  satisfaction.  Its  use  shall  be  continued  at 
the  Laboratory,  but  at  present  we  are  not  prepared  to  arrange  for 
may  additional  stations. 

Yours  very  truly, 



July  6,  1892. 

3  $  o  ¥  t  Kills,  nr.  j. 

Dear  Sir:- 

You>-  Jotter  or  30tU  ultimo  was  duly  received. 

Subjoined  are  Tom-  of  hr.  .'Mi son’s  important  inventions,  with 
date  of  each.  These  were  selected  by  Mr.  liaison  himself. 

The  Quadruple*  Telegraph  1875. 

The  Phonograph  1877 
Telophono  1377 
Electric  Li 'jit  1879. 

Yours  truly. 

Privat  a 


July  1392. 

C  o  a  p  a  n  y  , 

"!r*  ':'lJ-uon  received  your  letter  of  27th  ultimo,  in 
which  you  ask  for  a  memorandum  of  the  expenses  incurred  by  him  ir 
attanddnp  the  Hoard  meeting  of  your  Company  on  Juno  Silnd,  ana  in 
vap*'r  ‘v‘  rtil,'cts  wc  1,0  inform  yai  that  liis  expanses  would  be 
covered  by  one  box  of  Rein a  Victorian. 

Yours  truly, . 

Private  Secretary. 

pl^>~o  ,  Co 

i  Phonograph  Company, 
Atlanta,  Ga. 

July  flth,  139a. 


-.’-.on,  T  i'«'-  uo  say  that  I  ’mow  of  no  uiothod  bettor  adapted. 
f0r  yc’lU'  Tn,rpone  of  otoirinr  storage  soils  fron  a  300  volt  circuit 
!':nn  t,'"t  v/!lic}:  -'on  assert  too,  nansly,  a  500  volt  motor  driving  « 
3ov  volt  generator.  If  your  riant  is  not  adequate,  I  can  only 
'3”^88t  3’iplicating  or  enlarging  it.  Vte  do  not'  onploy  atomg» 
cells  for  tie  phonograph  ourselves,  but  invariably  use  the  Udison- 
bal  cells,  '.uliicl!  are  found  to  be  Much  more  satisfactory. 

Yours  vary  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

The  north  Ameri 

1  Phonograph  Company, 
!W  York  City. 

Yonr  letter  or  SPth  ultimo  to  Mr. 
copy  of  a  c onroun i c at i on  received  iron  the  Ohio  Phonograph  company 
relative  to  t!,o  expansion  oP  cylinders  in  warm  voaihor,  ..,M  duly 


fir.  TCdiaon  is  giving  attention  to  this  matter  op  tie  •'-'pan® i< 
of  cylinders,  and  hopes  to  be  able. to  remedy  the  trouble  complaint 
oi-.  The  problem  is  not  so  easy  as  it  would  seem.  Thor  a  is  a 
difference  of  expansion  between  the  steel  thread  arri  the  wax;  the 
only  way  that  this  could  be  overcome  to  any  great  extent  would  be 
to  use  a  very  much  smaller  reproducer  ball  than  ti«oo  in  use  at 
present,  so  that  the  point  would  remain  in  track  of  record  not¬ 
withstanding  the  expansion. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary, 

July  7,  If39£U 

Ibblgemnth,  Rsq.,  Manager, 

Klo  -ida  Phonograph  Oo.,  Jacksonville,  Fla. 

In  reply  to  y air  lottos*  of  29th  ultimo,  I  bog  to 
say  tint  tho  outfit  concerning  which  we  had  a  conversation  in 
Chicago,  is  not  vet  ready.  As  I  explained  to  you,  it  will  consist 
oV  a  motor  and  a  generator*  Tho  motor  will  be  wound  to  run  on  120 
or  500  volts,  and  the  generator  will  deliver  about  20  amperes  of 
currant  at  a  pressure  of  about  (3  volts.  I  do  not  know  how  you 
esn  avoid  using  current  from  lighting  stations  when  you  eiiploy 
storage  batteries,  unless,  of  c curse,  ym  charge  thQ/|lattcr  from 
primary  cells.  It.  certainly. must  be  cheaper  to  charge  them  from 
electric .light  circuits.  As  soon  as  tho  outfit  above  referrod  to 
is  ready  I  will  advise  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Building  "roarl  St., 
Uoy;  York. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  return  herewith  the  opinion  holding  that  the  Worth 
American  Phonogr^h  Co.  is  not  taxable, ’which  you  sent  to  Mr. 
Edison  for  his  perusal.  Mr.  Edison  has'  read  it  and  is  mch 
obligod  to  yen  for  haring  given  him  th»  opportunity  to  do  so. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

July  9,  r'92. 

*!*••  .Oanial  Arman, 

c/o  Mr.  Pfister,  Gardener,  tfhito  Souse, 

"/ashing  ton,  U.  c. 

Dear  Sir:- 

^;ith  refer  ones  to  your  letter  without  late,  Mr. 
Edison  rsr rats  that  lie  cannot  furnish  you  with  tho  inJJUiv«ition 
v/hich  you  desire.  Ke  is  not  familiar  with  the  botany  of  rubber 
plants  etc.,  nor  with  gutta-percha,  which  is  used  mostly  in  ^arim 
work . 

Yours  vary  truly. 

Private  Sec'y 

'July  9,  9Z 

Central  £dg.,  Lifcarty  V.regt  yto. 

How  York  City . 

hear  Sii*s:- 

T  in;?;  to  confirm  tho  follow. nr:  tolepran  sent  to  you 


'1?ave  yoa  a  triplo  expansion  hundred  fifty  hoi-se 
power  or  even  hundred  horao  power  on  hand?  One  of 
our  compound  Macintosh  broken  and  if  we  could  pat 
oncino  quick  would  ehanso.  VDXSON. « 

Yours  truly. 


July  9,  1392. 

ill’.  0.  J.  Conic y, 

!f»  J*  &  idlin' a.  C ■  n c on t Rit i nr  Wfcs., 

Ogdensburgh,  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  beg'  to  confirm  the  following  telegram  sent  to  you 
to-day  by  Mr.  Edison,  in  reply  to  yours  of  even  date :~ 

"Iiow  would  it  answer  to  ran  the  thirty- two  dynamo  from 
tie  extra  pulley  of  the  big  Macintosh  if  it  is  possible 
temporarily?  If  this  is  impossible,  would  it  be  very 
difficult  to  move  thirty-two  dynamo  over  to  Porter  engine 
and  run  wires  temporarily?  Is  the  engine  ruinod  or  can  it 
be  fixed  and  how  long?  EDISOH.  n 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Secretary 

Acc-'4>  c 

July  9th,  1P.92. 

.T riFio a  H.  Smart,  I5sq., 

South  Portland,  lie. 

Boar  Sir:- 

Yo"r  1'ttor  °r  irtqrivy  concerning  Mr.  R.  A.  -Fessenden 

is  at  hand. 

Mr.  ^ssosnaon  wan  employed  by  me  for  a  couple  of  years,  mostly 
as  <_  ch..mist.  je  is  a  fair  electrician,  very  laborious,  faithful 
and  reliable. 

Yours  truly, 


-  Vfe.  V.  Henderson, 

O.  Pox  73  2,  Providence,  R.  J. 

July  9,  m92. 

fear  sir:- 

Mr.  Kdison  has  received  your  letter  of  Ith  instant  in 
re-ard  to  the  Worth  American  >’honofrraph  Company,  awl  in  reply  has 
directed  trie  to  say  that  he  lias  taken  hold  of  this  Company,  and 
that  he  has  -neat  faith  in  its  future.  He  believes  that  with 
proper  Kiana.-ernont  a  lar-e  ana  profitable  business  in  phono-mnha 
can  he  done,  and  that  the  instrument  hag  only  to  be  brou-ht  before 
the  public  in  the  rir*ht  way  in  order  to  create  a  demand  for  it. 

Mr.  Edison  is  coin-  to  put  his  own  men  in  Chirac  and  no  efibrt 
will  he  spared  to  make  the  Company  a  success. 

I’rivafco  Secretary. 


Yoi.ii'  latter  of  Gth  in  at  ant  v/as  received  by  .Mr. 

I’d ^ son  tj.ia  morning.  In  reply  ho  directs  ms  to  say  that  the 
matter  is  all  right  and  that  yen  may  pack  up  and  coma  on  to  Orange. 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Secret azy i 

July  12,  13  9S. 

tfrnost  Major,  Esq., 

General  'Post  Office, 

Yokohama,  J apan . 

Your*  favor  of  the  29  th  of  -lay  to  Mr,  Bella  on  r/aa 
duly  *:i vo cl  by  him,  as  were  your  provirus  comunicatinn  of 

•  ohru.ury  last  and  the  two  copies  of  your  "T/aterrtale  Research  is, * 
v4ii ch  yon  kindly  hatl  sent  for  perusal.  Mr.  Edison  wishes  me 
to  off  or  yea  his  very  best  tranks  for  the  two  copies,  of  your  bock, 
which  ho  finds  to  contain  interesting  aul  novel  views  on  various 
fundamental  scientific  facts.  I*a  regrets,  however,  that 'ho  lias 
not  sufficient  time  at  his  disposal  to  investigate  your  views 
fully;  ha  is  so  very  busily  occupied  with  other  ’important  work 
it  would  be  impracticable  for  him  to  do  so.  Mr.  Edison  sup-frosts 
that  perhaps  the  best  means  of  bringing  your  theories  into  dis¬ 
cussion  and  consideration  would  be  to  place  the  book  containing 
them  at  the  disposition  of  the  various  Univorsitieo  throur^iout  - 
this  country,  and  also  to  forward  copies  to  the  leading  scientific 

Again  thanking  you  for  your  communications 
I  am,  yours- 1  wily. 

Private  Soc'y 

A <*1 

July  12,  1892. 

'•in.  A.  Barr,  h’oq., 

•  T  ’i  l*  n  ora,  Co.,  U.  Y. 

Dear  Sir:- 

lnstnnt*  1,1  r^1”  direct  a  mo  to  infom  you  that  ho  ;5 

nothin-  whatever  about  c.  A.  Lyon  Zen's  s--;*o~i  ■>'■  l'--- 

protbetion,  never  hay in-  hoard  of  it  before. 

Almost  any  li^htnin-  rod  till  ?  intact  a  .bnil  din- 

li^htnin.",  provided  the  rod  is  properly  erected.  V/hen  ei 

o.  protector  of  this  kind,  a  larr:e  area^ron  should  bo 

m  the  v/et  earth  and  metalicaliy  comas  tod  with  the  lifihtninc  . 

system;  this  is  oil  important  and  should  not  be  emitted  under  a 

circumstance  a.  Two  or  thr™ 

”  3l<:-h»nins  rod  points  will  protect 

area  of  a tout  500  feet. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Private  Secret  my. 



Ho.  51  ITo-vo  Stress, 

How  Haven,  Conn. 

Dear  hxlnmo,- 

V/ith  reference  to  your  latter  of  7th  in:: taut  ;,'r, 
Hdison  considers  Cornell  University,  Ithaca,  11,  Y.,  „ao  of  tJ0 
best  schools  in  this  country  in  which  to  acquire  a  Jmowlud/ro  of 
electrical  onsinearinR.  Personally,  however,  liaison  favors 
!;  e  iaoa  of  a  1’ pinner  taking  nn  practical  w<«*  at  the  start.  In 
other  words,  his  advice  to  a  ymnr  tan  anxious  to  become  an 
cl  ectmc  ion  would  bo  So  obtain  anploymont  in  so  no  electric?! 
marmfa'e tnrin -c  concern.  In  Ur.  Eicon's  opinion  the  information 
and  experience  to  be  acquired  by  adopting  such  a  course  are  of  a 
much  more  practical  am  beneficial  character  than  that  usually 
rained  by  attendance  at  a  school. 

Yours  truly. 


Secretary . 

July  33,  go» 

I  enclose  hore 

i  copy  or  the 

bo  tv:: 

".V.  bdv.son  air.’  the  Sdison  General  ’.’.Joe trie  Company  or  ti.o  1st  of 
October,  logo.  Darinfe  the  past  low  Months  Mr*  fidison  has  cade 
certain  inventions,  notably  fractional  horse  power  motors  ana  an 
electric  li~ht  victor,'  and  has  tendered  those  to  the  Raison  :,sn'li 
lc  <  c>  1  li-'s:  to  Know  if  in  the  event  of  tho  liaison 

.no  ml  :l2ccrac  Co,  failing  to  vise  tiicso  inventions,  Mri  Raison 
has  the  ri-ht  to  manufacture  and  sell  the  some  himself?  Vhere  is  not  in  tljo  agreement  any  specific  language  covering 
this  point,  but  if  it  bo  construed  with  as  much  liberality  towards 
r.  .-.;ii3on  as  is  warrant  able*  would  wo  have  any  color  of  reason  in 
assuming  tho  position  Which  I  have  indicated  alnve?  1  am  anxious 
to  hoar  frem  y«  on  this  point  at  the  vory  earliest  possible  momon 
Yours  vary  truly,.. 

Private  Secret  ary  ♦' 

B«rl'S-ivT  b  c- 

<  n*  SUM. 
COflKZ^y,  COO/^,JCB~S 

.Tnly  18,  1892. 

Tohn  Pii’kinbine,  V’sq., 

To.  ;£i  8.  city  Fall  .Square, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

■  dear  Sir:- 

I  Pave  been  absent,  almost  continuously  since  the 
receipt  of  yarn-  letter  of  8th  ultimo.  I  showed  your  communi¬ 
cation  to  ■  .r.  Alison  and  he  ashed  me  to  assure  you  that  !  o  has 
never  changed  nor  had  any  reason  to  change  the  high  opinion  which 
he  has  of  you  personally  and  professionally.  He  says  tint  as 
soon  as  he  has  things  in  shape  at  Ogden  he  wants  to  have  you  pay 
him  a  visit  there.  They  are  making  some  additions  to  the  plant, 
which  will  be  completed  before  very  long,  at  which  time  he  will 
communicate  with  you. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

0.  h'oriaon. 

Ha n . ,  Sec  ”o  tary , 

United  Phonograph  Company, 

July  13,  1°.92. 

Dea-  .Si;-:-  ■ 

In  reply  to  y air  letter  of  lath  instant,  I  cannot  of 
com- so  say  what  Ur.  j?di son’s  movements  will  be  bo t noon  now  and  the 
Bi-.h  of  next  month,  but  .1  have  made  such  arrangements  that  the  fact 
t}-at  your  regular  monthly  moot  inn  is  to  be  hold  on  that  date  vail 
not  be  overlooked,  nul  if  hr.  Hudson  is  ha.e  ho  will  attend  it* 

:.;hn -hi  '  .}  ha  absent  you.  vill  bo  notified  in  duo  season,  in  order 
that  you  can  make  .what  ever  arrangements  may  be  necessary  tinder 
those  circumstances.  I  enclose  herewith  Mr.  Inoull’s  resignation. 
I  'nave  not  been  ablo  to  find  tic  certificate  of  stock  which  is  in 
ris  name.  I  iiave  a  vary  clear  raooll action  that  the  certificates 
Which  wore  issued  to  qualify  directors  were  endorsed  and  f.irncd 
over  to  the  Company.  .  I  would  suggest  that  you  inquire  of  some  of 
t!  e  other  directors  what  disposition  wa3  made  of  their  certifi¬ 
cates,  Perhaps  some  one  is  holding  then  as  Trustee.  Mr.  Butler 
who  at  the  tine  these  certificates  wore  issued  was  Insull's 
hoorotary  and  had  charge  of  all  his  securities,  -informs  me  that 
this  certificate,  30  far  as  he  knows,  was  never  in  Ur.  Insull's 
possession.  Yours  truly.  Private  dec'y. 

Mr.  Wn.  To'rrey, 

Abilene,  Texas. 

Dear  Sir:- 

In  reply  to  your  letter  of  aid  instant  addrassod  to 
the  Edison  Electric  Light  Co.,  Menlo  Park,H.J.,  I  beg  to  inform 
you  that  Mr.  Edison  has  not  invented  an  "Electrical  Ear  Drum," 
end  if  such  an  article  is  being  offered  to  tho  public  as  hiB  in¬ 
vention,  it  is  a  fraud,  to  which  effect  pleaso  inform  the  physician 
of  whom  you  make  mention  in  your  letter. 

July  14,  1392 

Hr.  0.  J.  Coni  ay, 

'T,  j,  :j  term’s.  Concentrating  v&s., 

Ogdon  abnr  rii,  >!.  J. 

Boar  sir:- 

I  ben  to  confirm  the  following  telegram  sent  to  you 
to-day  by  Hr.  Bidison:- 

"Better  run  pipe  over  to  Bricker;  make  the  angle  atoop; 
should  have  two  snail  stean  pipes  around  it.  Will  ship 
you  two  more  large  kettles  to-morrow.  Ilow  would  the 
water  separator  t'loxom  took  out  answer  as  a  tank  in 
Bricker?  Am  trying  to  get. the  two  big  motors  ready,  but 
if  cannot  will  ship  a  number  twelve  or  possibly  a  rr.mbor 
twenty .  T5  d  i  s  o  n." 

V on  re  very  t  ruly , 

Private  ;Jec*y< 

July  15,  1892. 

Major  s,  b.  Eaton, 

Edison  Building',  Broad  St., 

Hew  York  City. 

Deal’  Sir:- 

V/ith  ref o rone e  to  your  letter  of  12th  instant  to  Mr. 
Edison,  in  regard  to  certain  assignments  by  him  to  tho  Brush 
Electrical  Engineering  Company  as  to  patents  in  Australia,  Mew 
Zealand,  India,  Ceylon  and  South  Africa,  Mr.  Edison  wants  to  know 
if  Drexel,  Morgan  &  Co.  have  not  an  interest  in  these  Australian 
railroad  patents .  His  impression  is  that  D.  M.  &  Co.  and  Mr. 
Iiov/roy  have  a  contract  with  him  relative  to  these  pat  aits.  If  so, 
Mr.  Edison  thinks  that  they  should  pay  Messrs.  Waterhouse,  Winter- 
botham  &  Harrison’s  bill.  Please  let  Mr.  Edison  hear  from  ycu  in 
the  matter  at  your  convenience. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

Mr.  Arthur  H.  Osborno, 

Collector  of  Taxes, 

#193  Main  St.,  Belleville, 

July  15,  1392. 

Dear  sir:- 

Thera  lies  been  received  at  this  office  a  printed 
notice  in  regard  to  the  sale  of  certain  lands,  tenements,  real 
estate  etc.  in  the  township  of  Belleville  on  the  30th  day  of  the 
present  month,  for  non-payment  of  taxes,  included  among  which  is 
some  property  owned  by  Mr.  Bdison. 

Mr.  mi  son  is  ready  and  willing  to  pay  am'  taxes  that  may  be 
dvc  on  the  property  in  question,  but  ho  has  never  received  any 
notice  or  bill  of  sane;  hence  tlioir  non-payment.  Will  you  very 
kindly  send  to  Mr.  Kdison  without  delay  a  bill  of  the  taxes  which 
are  now  due,  and  ho  will  be  very  glad  to  send  you  a  chock  for  the 
amount.  Your  pranpt  compliance  with  this  ro quest  will  be  appreci¬ 

Yotiro  truly, 

Private  Secretary. 


Major  S.  E.  Eaton, 

Edison  Building,  Broad  St., 
Mov/  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Edison  lias  read  y an’  letter  of  13th  instant,  in  regard 
to  tiio  report  on  his  European  patents  which  yon  are  preparing  for 
Mr.  Coffin.  In  reply  he  directs  me  to  say  that  he  has  notified 
the  English  Company  in  regard  to  one  patent,  but  he  does  not  think 
they  have  been  notified  as  to  others.  Mr.  Insull,  he  says,  will 
know  about  this.  The  patent  about  which  the  English  Co.  v/as  noti¬ 
fied  is  for  an  improvement  in  the  Leading- in- wires  of  incandescent 


lanps.  The  Company  has  not  yet  informed  Mr.  Edison  of  flair" 

wishes  in  the  matter, 
notified  t-.lJia  about. 


There  are  several  patents  which  =£ have  not 

Yours  very  tiuly. 

Private  Secretary. 

July  15,  1392. 

Field  Engineering  Company, 

f.'ir.  R.  J.  Cook,  Constructing  Engineer, 

Hen  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

:.!v.  Edison  kas  asked  ms  to  thank  you  for  your  two 
•favors  dated  respectively  July  12th  and  1-ith,  in  regard  to  an 
engine  for  the  Ogden  VZorks.  Ke  is  very  much  obliged  for  the 
information  contained  in  your  letters  and  for  the  very  p rorapt 
m nine r  in  which  it  was  furnished.  As  explained  to  you  by  tele¬ 
phone,  Mr.  Edison  has  decided  to  defer  the  purchase  of  an  engine 
until  the  fall,  when  he  will  be  in  the  market  for  a  triple  ex¬ 

Your 3  very  truly. 

Priv  at  e 

Secre tary. 

\7.  D.  Sargent,  Esq/;  , Gen' 1.  -Manager, 

Now  York  &  New  Jersey  Telephone  Company, 
'■  /  Brooklyn,  H.  Y. 

.  j  .  'i  <i\ly  received  your  letter  of  lltii  instant  in  regard 
to  the  O/fdqn  telephone  line,  and  submitted  the  same  to  Mr.  Edison, 

who  ’directs  ire  to  say  to 

i  very  unlikely  we  should 

have  jibandoned  the  telephone  and  gone  back  to  the  telegraph  if  we 
coul^t1  hare  got  any  satisfaction  fron  the,  former.  We  needed  the 
telephone  very  badly  and  it  v/as  only  sheer  necessity  that  drove  us 
.  to/ abandon  it.  Your  Superintendent  has  received  previous  com¬ 
plaints  from  Hr.  Edison  personally  concerning  the  trouble  ex¬ 
perienced  on  the  line;  therefore  the  statonent  contained  in  your 
letfeVto  the  effect  that  no  complaints  were  ever  rec’d.  prior  to 
the  receipt  of  Mr.  Edison’s  letter  is  erroneous. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Sec’y. 


anl  Gib’er,  jj. ,  President, 
j'.ie to piolo gical  Institute, 

•7 -173  ’’eat  10th  !Jt.,  Mev.r  York  City. 

Mr.  Edison  received  this  morning  y, 
:c  rer-reto  very  much  that  ho  cannot  r 

Tath  y°'a  1=raGdiate3y,  for  the  reason  that  he  is  obliged  to  go 
out  of  town  tomorrow  to  look  after  some  of  his  mining  interests, 
V/iU  h°  ab3°nt  ln  .^..P^tobility  two  weeks,  *hon  he  returns 
he  win  be  very  glad  to  see  you  at  hi3  Laboratory.  Inasmuch  as 
MP;  Rd4s0"’8  raovoraonts  ar*  rather  uncertain  at  the  present  time 
I  would  mwst  that  you  telephone  to  the  Laboratory  before  coming 
out  and  ascertain  if  ho  is  hove.  Our  telephone  call  la  "oil  Orange 

Private  Sec  re  fciiry# 


July  19,  139  2. 

F.  v;.  Drew,  Esq.,  See'y., 

The  Association  of  R'y*  Telegraph  Superintendents, 

Mo.  535  Sixty-Seventh  St.,  Englewood,  Ills. 

Deal’  Sir:- 

Ur.  Edison  has  received  your  letter  of  16th  instant. 
Ho  was  very  glad  to  learn  that  his  paper  on  "Insulation"  was 
interesting  to  your  members,  and  the  resolution  which  was  passed 
thanking  him  for  sane  he  noted  with  pleasure. 

Mr.  Edison  will  be  obliged  if  you  will  kindly  convey  to  the 
members  of  yoxir  Association  his  sincere  thanks  for  their  action 
in  electing  him  to  Honorary  Membership  therein. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

July  19,  1892 

!>•  D.  ^radrickn, 

Ho.  72  Schao.ff.fifr  Street, 

Brooklyn,  V.  . 

.'  ear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  !2t,h  instant,  relative  to  the  decision 
of  the  Commissioner  of  Patents  in  the  Kai son- Swan  case,  was  duly 
received.  This  case  is  a  "back  number"  and  unimportant;  it  will 
not  bo  reopened  by  Mr.  Edison,  as  he  does  not  consider  it  worth 
v-hile  to  do  so.  Your  offer  of  assistance,  for  which  Mr.  Edison 
is  much  obliged,  cannot  therefore  be  availed  of.  The  decision 
of  t?n  Commissioner  does  not  amount  to  anything. 

Private  Secretary, 

^7  w 

!*aj  or  S.  P.  Pa  tori, 

Edison  Enildi’ng,  I? road  St., 
Hen  vc.rk  City. 

July  20,  1392. 

Dear  3ir:- 

Your  inquiry  of  19th  instant,  relative  to  tlie  Supple¬ 
mental  Laboratory'  and \ north  American  contracts,  has  conic  t o  hand 
intle  absence  of  Mr.  Edison.  The  only'  signed  contracts  between 
Mr.  Edison,  the  E.  G.  6.  Co.  and  the  North  Am.  Co.  at  the  Labora¬ 
tory,  are^tho  following: 


/  Thomas  Alva  Edison  and  Edison  Gen’l.  Electric  Co., 

'/  Laboratory  Agreenent,  dat\d  October  1st,  1590 

Edison  Gen*l.  Elec.  Co.  and  Thomas  A.  Edison;  Agreement 
relating  to  certain  inventions  for  lamps,  dated  October 
1st,  1390 

Thomas  Alva  Edison  with  E.  G.  E.  Co.  and  the  North  Am. 
Co.;  Electric  Railway  Agree rant,  dated  October  1st,  1390. 

Yours  very  truly. 

P.  S.  Mr.  Instill* s  letter  is  returned 

Private  Sec'y .  • 

July  26,  1539  2. 

Francis  R.  Upton,  Esq., 

Edison  Gen'l.  F.loc.  Co., 

Harrison,  M.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  beg  to  refer  to  you  the  enclosed  eomunication 
which  was  roc  sived  by  Mr.  Edison  from  IV.  E.  Simonds,  Commissioner 
of  Patents,  Washington,  D.  C.,  in  regard  to  the  proposed  exhibit 
of  the  Patent  Office  at  the  World's  Columbian  Exposition. 

If  you  can  comply  with  the  Commissioner's  request,  Mr. 

Edison  wishes  you  to  do  so,  and  also  to  answer  the  Commissioner's 
letter.  Please  read  Hr.  Edison's  pencil  note  to  this  effect. 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Secretary. 

Edison  fien'l.  Electric  Co., 

Edison  Building,  Broad  Stroet, 

Hew  York  City. 

Hoar  Sirs:- 

Mr.  Charles  T.  Porter  presented  to-day  the  letter  of 
your  Second  Vice-President,  dated  April  12th,  1892,  requesting  us 
to  allov/  Mr.  Porter  to  take  away  frcm  the  Laboratory  such  of  his 
tools  or  engine  parts  a3  may  be  here.  Mr.  Porter  asked^for  a  box 
of  drawings  connected  with  the  Porter  engine,  and  we  assume  that 
your  axithoidty  covers  the  delivery  of  tie  same.  He  states  that  • 
ho  rail  take  thB  tools  and  engine  parts  later  on. 

Yours  very  truly. 



July  27,  2392 

Edison  Manui'ac tn rin Co., 

Ho.  110  East,  23rd  .Street, 

■lev/  York  City. 

Boar  Sirs:- 

I  return  herewith  correspondence  concerning  the 
proposed  visit  of  the  members  of  the  American  Electro- Therapeutic 
Association  to  the  Laboratory.  I  ai  so  enclose  c qpy  0f  a  letter 
vhich  Mr.  Edison  has  addressed  to  Dr.  Uewman.  Please  write  to 

Dr.  TTewman  arid  surest  tint  liis  party  take  the  1  :  25  boat,;  foot 
of  i-test  23rd  St.,  on  the  afternoon  of  October  Oth. 

Yours  truly, 

July  27,  1892, 

Hmv  York  City. 

Door  Sir:- 

I  would  bo  vary  pi  cased  to  hove  the  members  and 
f  rienda  of  the  American  Electro-Thorapoutic  Assoc  iatiov.  visit 
my  Laboratory  at  Orange,  M.  J.,  on  the  afternoon  of  the  Oth  day 
of  October  next.  I  will  have  sent  tr  y cu  foil  information  con¬ 
cerning:  the  moat  convenient  way  of  reaching  Orange. 

Youra  very  truly. 


O.f,  — 


Hr.  .T.  ?.T.  T.-ongyear, 

Marquette,  Uichigai. 

July  ;r,  lt3vi. 

V-ith  reference  to  your  letter  of  Pth  instant  to, 

Edison,  the  latter  has  a  process  for  the  treatment  of  magnetic 
iron  ores,  which  i3  in  successful  operation  at  Onion,  17,  J.  v;he ro 
a  very  large  plant  has  been  erected.  The  Company  contrail in,--  the 
patents  manufactures  the  apparatus  for  its  o'..n  use  only  and  not 
for  sale  to  the  pabli c.  Its  policy  th  s  far  has  beer,  to  purchase 
mineral  properties  containing  ore  of  the  required  character  and- in 
quantities  sufficient  to  render  the  wonting  of  it  profitable,  I 
understand  tint  a  ttoepany  has  been  formed  which  will  com.ienco  oper¬ 
ations  in  your  State  some  tir.iein  the  future. 

’/ours  truly. 

Private  Secretary' 

July  30,  1392. 

My  dear  Sutler,  - 

On  the  9th  or  August  a  note  of  the  Edison  Phono 
gi'aph  Works ,  given  to  the  Edison  Rcneral  Elootric  Co.,  falls  due. 
The  amount  is  35,000.  I  .have  spoken  to  Mr.  Edison  about  this 
note  aid  told  him  we  would  try  to  renew  it,  but  tint  if  it  cannot 
be  renewed  he  must  take  it  up,  as  the  Phonograph  Works  have  not 
sufficient  funds  to  care  for  it.  I  have  not  boon  abfe^fcTdo  any¬ 
thin-  in  regard  to  renewing  the  note,  and,  in  fact,  a3  you  renewed 
the  others  1  think  it  would  be  very  much  better  for  you  to  harrtlo 
this.  I  enclose  herewith  a  blank  note  of  the  Edison  Phonograph 
Works ,  which  1  have  signed  as  Secretary;  it  mat,  of  course,  be 
countersigned  by  Mr.  Edison,  as  President.  You  can  use. this,  if 
you  succeed  in  effecting  a  renewal.  Please  take  this  .natter  up 
.  irnnod  lately,  ana  in  case  ym  are  unable  to  renew  the  note,  advise 
Mr.  Edison  promptly  and  arrange  to  get  the  cash^tehim. 

Yours  t  raly  , 

Thomas  Kutler,  Esq., 
New  York  City. 


CtJ-  O/z/iA/ee.- 

UA-0  ,  — 

&UT/a/iSlS:S  COHO' F70AJC 

Am rust  1,  1392. 

Hoar  Mr.  Tate,  - 

Mr.  liuison  returned  to  the  Laboratory  this  morning 
and  I  handed  your  letter  to  him.  lie  read  it  over  carefully. 

In  re ;ar d  to  the  Automatic  Company,  he  thinks  tint  it  should 
be  continued,  for  the  present  at  all  events. 

OR.:  UILLIMC!  LlCS'i.giJ-j:  Mr.  hdi son  says  tJiat  there  is  no  reason 
for  haste  in  this  matter  and  that  it  can  root  until  you  return, 
when  ho  "/ill  also  discuss  with  you  the  hORRIfth  BUSINESS  referred 
to  in  your  letter.  • 

BATTERY  -MOTORS:  Mr.  Edi  son  "/isheo  to  know  /hat  y*  think  of 
ordering  another  hundred  of  tits  so  motors. 


.  \  Mr.  Edison  asked  there  we  would  get  the  figures 

re  manufacturing  prices  to  bo  charged  by  the  Works  on  the  automatic 
hand  numbering  machines  to  fill  in  the  contract  (You  will  remember 
"that. .these" were  not  inserted  in  the  copy  of  contract  which  ac¬ 
companied  your  lotter),  and  I  told  him  that  I  thought  th^^had- 
already  .boon  obtained  ihom  Mr.  Ballou,  a  sta tenent  which  I  subse¬ 
quently  verified.  Mr.  Edison  also  asked  if 'he  should'  sign  the' 
contract  on  presentation,  and  if  yai  had  arranged  for  it  to  go  ' 
into  effect,  each  of  winch  questions  I  answered  in  the  affirmative, 

A.  0.  T.  0 

-‘s"  August  1,  1892. 

adding  that  I  had  witnessed  your  signature  to  the  document  as/ one 
of  the  parties  thereto  on  Friday  last.  /' 

Hr.  Tidison  has  instructed  Ballou  t<f  manufacture  three  more  > 
Engraving  machines,  and  to  organize  for j an  output  of  fifty  ma- 
chines  per  v/eek.  !  ;  , 

I  have  obtained  Mr.  Edison's  signature  to  the  letter  ad¬ 
dressed  to  German  National  Bank,  and  I  wfti  see  that  it  is  mailed 
to  Mr.  'Douglas  before  the  11th  instant,  pursuant  to. y our  memorandum 
I  notice  tint  the  letter  is  dated  August 'i3^h,  but  assume  there  is 
a  reason  for  this.  \ 

Mr.  Edison  returns  to  Ogden  on  Thursday  next. 

Yours  very  truly,  V 

i  received  from  you  this  nomine  check  of  t 

nl  Electric  Company  for 

>r  Dividend  Mo.  11.  The  check 
i  believes  that  he  is  entitled 

T>ov  dividend  and  tint  the  check  referred  i 
'or.  Please  inlb’w  i'r.  Edison  '.whether  or  : 

and  much  oblige 

Private  Secretary < 

August  1,  1332. 


!  i'  a  3  3  3  c  b  r  i  c 

•U  Tread  St.,  Kew  York. 

I  return  herewith  Order  duly  signed  by  Mr.  Edison  ibr 
the  remission  to  him,  by  cheek,  of  all  dividends  due  or  which  may 
become  duo  on  all  shares  of  stock  now  standing  or  which  may  here¬ 
after  s  tand  on  the  books  of  the  General  Klee  trie  Company  in  his 
name,  the  same  having  accompanied  your  printed  notice  of  15th 
ultimo  received  here  this  morning.  - 

vrith  reference  to  tho  bividend  Order,  also  enclosed,  in  favor 
of  the  General  Electric  Co.,  for  all  dividends  due  or  which  may' 
become  (too  upon  the  stock  of  tie  Edison  General  Electric  Co. y  which 
yon  sent  with  your  favor  of  30th  ultimo  fortjfc.  ^signature  of  •Mr.' 
Edison,  the  latter  wishes  to  know  how  ym  are  going  to  distinguish 
between  tho  stock  of  the  Edison  Gen'l.  Electric  Co.  which  he  owns 
and  that  which  may  be  placed  in  his  name  for  the  purpose  of  quali¬ 
fying  him  as  a  Director.  The  order  returned  herewith  would  apply 
to  all,  the  stock  of  the  Edison  Gen'l.  Electric  Co.  in  Mr.  Edison’s 
nane,  and  he  does  not  care  to  sign  such  a  paper.  He  thinks  a 

special  order  should  be  drawn  to  cover  tho  case. 

Yours  truly. 

Z'rypliyj  h'sJ” 

August  2,  18 9 2. 

Room  309,  ;o«  13 

L'aar  3i  r:- 

Yov>r  letter  of  33th  ultimo  was  duly  received,  but  re 
to  same  Das  been  unavoidably  delayed  owin«  to  the  absence  of  ,r 
1-dison,  v/lio  did  not  return  to  the  Laboratory  until  yeoWuay. 

wi'.  Edison  is  desirous  of  securing  tho  aei*vices  of  a  com  - >. 
tont  nor  son  to  take  c  large  of  an  assay  laboratory.  >:e  would  lij 
v0  knov;  the  nature  of  present  employ, sent,  ’  if  any,  and 'when 
you  have  worked  previously;  also  the  salary  at  which  you  would  i 
till  in,;  to  enrage  with  him,  and  whether  you  would  enter- his  ear- 
vice  on  trial.  . 



Private  Secretary. 

fife  c 

Messrs.  Dyer  &  Saely, 

Ho.  35  V/all  St  root. 

New  York  city. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

I  return  herewith  the  letter  addressed  to  y  cU  by 
the  Automatic  Phonograph  Exhibition  Company,  instructing  you  to 
take  no  farther  action  in  the  interference  of  Ott  vs.  Gilliland 
anti  Toppan,  which  you  an  closed  with  your  favor  to  mo  of  1st  innt. 
Mr.  Edison  has  0.  K'd.  the  Automatic  Go's  letter. 

Yours  trt-ly. 

Private  Secretary, 


August  3,  1392. 

Dear  Mr.  Tate,  - 

1  haPewith  *««•  letter  re  the  Bates  Co., 

upon  winch  Hr.  Edison  has  pencilled  his  remarks. 

Mr.  Edison  after  reading  y  cur  letter  re  the  Automatic  Co. 
endorsed  upon  it  the  f tiering:  -Butler:  Yon  better  „a 

■“  *“•'  *”*  ir  *”  *”»■  «  »«  *.t  MS  lMlr„otio„ 

j»st  how  Russell  should  act.- 

Lsmt  **  <* 

.  •  sent  it  m  by  special  mess  anger 


Yours  very  trvOy^ 

A.  0.  Tate,  Ksq., 
The  Auditorium, 

Chicago,  in 


An p.  3,  1392. 

Ur.  '•'ill  i am  Lynd, 

Tunbridge.  "'ells,  England . 

Dear  sir:- 

Your  letter  of  13th  ultimo  has  been  received  by  Ur. 
Edison,  and  lie  regrets  very  much  that  he  is  unable  to  render  you 
any  assistance  in  the  matter  to  which  you  refer.  The  phonograph 
in  Europe  is  controlled  by  the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Company, 
and  Ur. 'Edison  has  no  voice  in  its  affairs.  He  is  in  hopes  that 
the  phonography  in  Europe  will  sooner  or  later  got  into  the  hands 
of  business  men  who  will  place  the  machine  before  the  public  there 
in  a  proper  manner,  something  which  has  not  yet  been  done.  The 
actions  of  those  who  control  the  invention  on  the  other  side  of 
the  Atlantic  are  ^accountable  to  Mr.  Edison  on  any  theory  of 
business,  and  what  their  object  can  be  is  a  mystery.  From  the 
policy  which  lias  been  pursued  by  than  this  far  iV'wduld'sdem  that 
they  have  no  desire  to  do  business. 

Mr.  Edison  lias  no  connection  with  Colonel  Gouraud. 

I  regret  that  a  phonograph  cannot  be  sent  to  y  01  frcr.i  here; 
to  comply  with  yair  request  in  this  respect,  however,  would  bo  a 

Mr.  V/,  L.  -2-  Aug.  3,  1392. 

vio3  at  ion  of  Mr.  Edison's  contract  with  t  Id  United.  Company. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

T"o.  32T>  Peachtree  St  root, 
Atlanta,  Ga. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Reply  to  year  latter  of  loth  instant  to  Mr.  Edison  has 
bean  unavoidably  delayed. 

In  regard  to  the  suggestion  vdhieh  you  nake  relative  to  in¬ 
cluding  your  old  original  nhono, graph  in  the  Edison  a:: hi  bit  at 
the  world's  Fair,  I  beg  to  infora  yo-a  that  it  is  not  Mr.  Edison's 
intention  to  rake  a  personal  exhibit  or  his  inventions  at  Chicago 
next  year.  Should  it  be  deemed  desirable  to  place  on  exhibition 
tboro  one  of  the  old  style  phonographs,  t.hsro  are  several  hero  at 
tin  Laboratory  winch  Y/oald  be  available  for  the  purpose. 

Mr.  Edison  is  much  obliged  for  your  letter  and  appreciates 
the  suggestion  which  you  make  therein. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 


August  0,  1302. 

Mr.  Georges  P. 


Constant inonl a. 

By  the  aid  of  Mr.  Edison’ 3  KIHETOGRAPH  (an  instrument 
intended  to  reproduce  motion  and  sound  simultaneously ,  being  a 
combination  of  a  specially  constructed  canera  and  phonograph),  it 
is  already  possible  to  accomplish  -hat  you  describe  in  your  letter 
of  loth  ultimo. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Secretary, 

August  8,  1392. 

Mi*.  C.  DoKolb, 

No.  IS  Broadway ,  Room  809, 

Nov/  York  City. 

Bear  Sir:- 

Your  letters  of  3rd  and  4th  instant  were  duly  received 
and  forwarded  by  ms  to  Mr.  Sdison,  who  is  now  on  a  visit  to  his 
mine  at  Ogden,  N.  J.  I  received  a  note  from  him  this  morning, 
in  which  ho  directs  me  to  inform  you  that  in  his  opinion  tho  po- 
sii-ion  of  assayor,  for  which  yen  have  made  application,  would  not 
bb  a  suitable  one  for  you,  as  he  wants  a  man  ma*ely  to  mate  routine 
analyses.  Mr.  Raison  adds,  liowovor,  that  he  may  be  able  to  use 
you  in  another  direction,  should  you  be  disengaged  whffi  he  is 
ready  to  proceed  with  the  work  he  has  in  mind. 

Thanking  you  for  your  letters  and  the  information  contained 

I  am,  yours  very  truly. 

Private  Socrotary. 

9,  139  2. 

Miss  Marion  lidi  son,  - 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  having  received  fr ah 
you  the  hood  of  the  Ft.  Myers  property,  dated  May  27th,  1392, 
and  reading  "Prom  Sanuel  Sumnerlin  and  wife  to  Thomas  A.  Sdigen.  " 

Please  return  the  letter  oi'  McGregor.  It  has  not  yet 
been  replied  to. 

I  an  very  obliged  for  your  promptness  in  sending  feed. 

Yours  respectfully, 


August 9,  1392. 

Mr.  John  M.  Hartman, 

Mo.  1235  Morth  Front  Street, 
Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Deal-  sir:- 

Rep lying  to  your  letter  of  5th  instant  to  Mr.  Edison, 

I  bog  to  inform  yen  that  it  is  uncertain  when  he  will  be  at  Ogden . 
The  Works  there  will  not  bo  in  full  operation  for  a  month  or  six 
weeks  yet. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Secretary, 


August  10,  1392. 

A.  M.  McGregor,  Esq., 

Room  140,  Ho.  26  Broadway, 

How  York  City. 

Hear  Sir:- 

I  anolose  herewith  Deed  of  the  Ft.  My era  property 
from  Samuel  Summerlin  and  wife  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  dated  May 
27th,  1392.  This  is  the  document  which  yon  re tod  sent  to 
you  in  your  letter  of  3rd  instant  to  Hr.  Edison.  Owing  to  the 
absence  of  thj  latter  a  compliance  with  your  request  has  been 
delayed  until  now.  After  the  Deed  has  been  recprded  please  re¬ 
turn  it  to  this  office,  and  oblige 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

os,  (k. 

August  11,  1392. 

Mr.  C.  J.  Reed,, 

No.  22£  High  street. 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Srtno  time  ago,  a3  you  will  doubtless  remember,  there 
were  two  Mica  properties  leased  by  Mr. ■  Edison  in  the  neighborhood 
or  Morristown,  N.  J.  from  Hanna  F.  Day  and  John  H.  SchenoJt.  I  an 
under  the  impression  that  the  negotiations  in  connection  therewith 
wore  conducted  by  youy  but  in  this  I  may  be  mistaken.  Mr.  Edison 
vdshos  to ’•  refer  to  the  leases,  but  they  do  not  seem  to  bo  on  filo 
at  the  Laboratory.  Do  you  know  anything  about  them?  Any  infor¬ 
mation  that  you  may  furnish  on  the  subject  will  be  much  appreci¬ 

Yours  tiuly, 

August  15,  1S92. 

'  'sjov  n.  Kao  on, 

3d. i son  Building,  Proad  Street, 

Kov'  York  City. 


direction  of  ::r.  Sdieon'I  refer  to  you  the 'enclosed 
letter,  under  date  August  2nd,  1538,  received  by  him  from  The 
Edison  and  Sr, an  United  Electric  Light  Co.,  ltd.,  Lomton,  for  land, 
iu  *»«jard  to  certain  patents  which  it  has  decided  to  lot  lapse 
and  become  void.  Will  this  conflict  with  the  corresponding -IT.  s. 
pat  aits?  Mr.  Edison’s  object  in  sending  this  comnnication'to 
'•'on  is  the  p  to  taction  of  the  General  Electric  Company. 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Sacra  tary. 

£.£'  -  Se-Ct-Uw 

John  f renal,  ~sq., 

Baison  General  Electric  Co., 

"chance  tarty.,  M.  y. 

Bsur  sir;- 

::r.  Edison  duly  roeoivad  your  let  tar  of  4  th  instant, 
enclosing  pnoto^rapha  •  of;-  toil  dins  ?-o.  11  of  the  JJohonoctady  Vforfcs 
v,-]iich  -,t,,ra  token  during  We  progress  of  the  fire' which  occurred- 
there  recently.  He  _  er.aainod  these  pictures  with  interest  ant?  ia 
much  obliged  to  you  for  sanding  them.  ■  ■■•  •. 

Yours’ truly; 

Privafc  o. Sacra  tary< 

Aug.  as,  92. 

C.  R.  Coffin,  Esq.,. 

Gen'l.  Eloctric  Co., 

Hew  York. 

Deal'  Sir:- 

As  telephoned  to  your  office  in  New  York  yesterday, 
:.!r.  Edison  v/ill  attend  the  meeting  of  the  Board  of  Directors  of 
Your  Company'  which  has  been  called  for  Wednesday  ,  the  24th  inst. 
This  in  reply  to  your  letter  of  15th  instant  addressed  to  Mr. 

Yours  truly. 

r:-  ._rv  Private,  .Socr.etnry. 

Master  J.  Edward  Ford, 
B  o  x  6,  Sale 

Mas  s . 

Dear  Master  Ford,- 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  15th  instant,  I 
regret  to  say  that  Mr.  Edison  is  un able  to  reconwend  to  you  any 
inst  mment  the  use  of  v/hich  would  improve  your  sense  of  hearing. 
He  has  never  used  any  of  tic  numerous  devices  that  have  been  de¬ 
signed  for  the  relief  of  deafness,  and  cannot  therefore  give  yew 
any  information  concerning  then., 

Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 


Aug.  18,  1892. 

Archibald  Sidney  Svana,  Esq., 

41  Rye  lane,  Peckham,  London,  S.  13., 


Dear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  8th  instant  to  Mr.  Edison  came  to  hand 
this  morning.  In  reply  to  your  question  concerning  his  inventions 
I  beg  to  inform  you  that  none  of  these  is  the  outcome  of  dreams  or 
visions.  Any  statement  to  that  effect  is  puro,  unadulterated  bosh- 
V/ork  -  HARD  WORJC  -  intelligently  directod,  and  plenty  of  it,  has 
been  the  main  factor  in  the  accomplishment  of  Mr.  Edison's  in¬ 
ventions,  the  testimony  of  the  spiritualistic  fakes  to  tho  contrary 

Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Secretary 

Aug.  20,  1892 

C.  A.  CoiY in,  Ksq., 

Gonoral  Electric  Company, 

#320  Atlantic  Avo.,  Boston,  Mass. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to  inform  yon  in  reply  to  yonr 
noto  to  him  of  17th  instant  that  he  will  attend  the  meeting  of 
your  Board  of  Directors  on  Y/ednesday  next,  and  you  can  have  a 
portion  of  the  evening  of  the  same  day  with  him,  as  yoi  desire, 

\  Yours  truly, 

Private  Secretaiy. 

Av.ijx'3  t  24,  3092. 

Konry  Lewis, 

Pennsylvania  Telephone  Co., 
Easton,  Penn’ a! 

Dear  oir:- 

With  reference  to  your  letter  of  22nd  instant  to  Mr. 
Edison,  regret  to  say  tint  at  present  there  is  no  position 
vacant  in  las  business  t  o  vrisc  h  y on  oc«3d  be  appointed,  nor  is 
there  a -prospect  of  an  opening  occurring  in  m  mar  future. 

It  is  not  Mr.  Edison's  'intention  to  mdte  an  exhibit  of  the  phono- 
f:,mph  or  Phe  Pram  Telegraph  at  Chicago  next  year.  Whether  or  not 
the  Companies  controlling  the  inventions  referred  to  vail  do-  » , 

I  an  not  inftrnned.  Mr.  Edison  is  now  absent  or  I  woul d  consult 
him  regarding  your  request  for  pennission  to  use  his  picture  on 
the  circular  which  y«  purpose  having  printed.  1  will  brir®  the 
matter  t.o  Ms  attention  when  he  return,  to  the  laboratory,  which 
will  not  bo  for  somo  tine. 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Sec'y, 


An,---. <3 1  24,  1:392. 

Arthur  :3.  naves,  Esq.,  Treasurer, 

General  Electric  Co., 
#44  Broad  St.,  Mew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

1  return  herewith  Dividend  Order,  -applying  to  aivi- 
denda  wHch  may  bacons  due  on  stock  of  the  Edison  Gen'l.  Electric 
Co.  in  Mr,'  Edison’s' none,  duly  signed  by  Mr.,  Edison  as  re  quested. 

niien  this  order  was  first  sent  to  Mr.  Edison,  ho  had  not 
surrendered  all  his  E.  G.  E.  Co.  stock  for  exchange  into  stock  of 
ths  Gen'l.  Electric  Co.;  on  the  contrary,  he  still  hold  199G 
shares  of  the  said,  stoqk,  ^icsh „  explains  why  the  order  was  not 
'signed  ironed  iately. 

...»  , .  Yours  tr ujy , 

Private  Secretary* 

T<*i  f 

Auruat  Md,  1 

13rd son  Phonograph  Works, 

0  r  a  n  r-  a  ,  3. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

I  enclose  herewith  copy  or  a  letter  which  I  have 
received  from  Mr.  Richard  M.  jjyar,  relative  to  the  toy  phono¬ 
graph  material  which  in  3tored  at  yonv  Y'orks. 

I  assume  you  already  have  been  in  formed  that  nobody  alio  id 
have  access  to  these  poods,  but  if  you  have  not,  please  note  ;i 
liver's  ranarfca  to  tViat  effect  and  be  rove  mod  thereby. 

Vours  truly 

E  o  Pc 

A'”;.  27,  113  92 

G.  H.  Mori  son,  Esq . ,  Sac 
Bdi  so  n  Uni  tad  P5k 

novrsph  Co., 
York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  20th  instant  to  Mr.  Edison  i3  rac'd. 
As  explained  to  yon  yesterday  by  telephone,  the  new  Power  of 
Attorney  in  regard  to  ITow  Zealand,  application  for  patent  Case  96, 
was  signed  by  Mr.  Edison  on  the  24-th  instant,  and  forwarded  on  tits 
Ban's  date  to  Major  2.  F.  Eaton,  with  instructions  to  deliver  it.  to 
your  Company  upon  receiving  fron  the  latter  a  written  promise  to 
deliver  to  Mr.  Edison  an  exclusive  license  for  dolls  etc.  upon 
the  granting  of  the  patent.  In  compliance  with  your  telephone 
request  of  yesterday,  I  wrote  to  Major  Baton  by  last  night's'  mail, 
asking  him  to  give  the  matter  of  tie  delivery  of  the  document  his 

fearlicst  attention.  . 

Yours  truly,  -  • 

Private  Secretary, 

August  29,  1392. 

Mr.  0.  J.  Conley, 

New  Jersey  t  Penn'a.  Concent  rat  ing  Wks. , 

Edison,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  sent  you  ten  carpenters.  Do  you  want  any  more? 

If  yai  do,  please  let  me  know  at  once. 

The  Screening.  Machine  is  now  being  set  tip  at  the  Laboratory, 
and  it  will  be  shipped  on  Thursday  next.  When  the  machine  goes 
forward,  I  will  send  yen  a  young  man,  a  machinist,  to  help  you 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary.  * 

Mrs.  c.  K.  Bridge, 

Pap  ami,  ckrisTckuuc):, 

Re vi  Zealand. 

Dear  lindane,-. 

Your  letter  to  Mr.  Edison  under  date  14th  of  June, 
vras  received  here  in  due  course. 

I  regret  exceedingly  that  Mr.  Edison  is  unable  to  racormisnd 
to  you  any  instrument  the  use  of  which  would  be  likely  to  improve 
your  sense  of  hearing,  or  to  give  you  any  advice  as  to  treatment 
etc.  Some  time  ago  he  conducted  a  series  of  experiments  in  con¬ 
nection  with  a  device  designed  for  the  relief  of  t  lo  deaf,  but 
unfortunately  these  had  to  be  discontinued  in  favor  of  other  im¬ 
portant  wsrk  which  demanded  his  attention  and  he  has  never  had  an 
opportunity  to  resume  then.  Ha  hopes  to  do  30,  however,  some  tine 
in  the  future  and  to  bring investigations  to  a  successful 
conclusion.  As  far  as  they  went,  the  experiments  were  very  en¬ 
couraging,  am  Mr.  Edison  believes  that  if  he  succeeds  in  per¬ 
fecting  the  ins  trunent  which  he  has  in  mind  it  will  answer  all  the 
requirements  of  deaf  people. 

It  may  interest  you  .to  loam  that  certain  members  of  the 

Mrs.  C.  H.  Fridge.  -2-  August  30,  1392. 

medical  profession  in  ttts  country  are  e^erimenting  with  the 
phonograph  with  the  idea  of  applying  it  to  the  relief  of  deafness, 
and  X  understand  that  from  results  already  obtained  they  claim  to 
be  able  to  cure  certain  forms  of  deafness  by  that  instrument.  Mr. 
Edison  has  not  investigated  the  matter  and  cannot  therefore  -exp res 
an  opinion  as  t  o  the  efficacy  of  the  phonograph  for  t}#  purpose 

The  subject  is  also  being  investigated  by  the  Superintendent 
of  tin  State  of  Indiana  Institution  for  the  Education  of  tie  deaf, 
Indianapolis,  and  tin  experiments  conducted  there  have  been  I 
understand  more  or  less  successful. 

Yours  respectfully. 

.  Private  Secretary. 

Aug.  51,  1392. 

Mr.  0.  J.  Conley, 

IT.  .T.  &  Perm '  u.  Concentrating  Wks. , 

Edison,  IT.  j. 

Eoa  r  Sir:- 

The  Sc  meaning  Machine  is  finished  an  d  will  leave  here 
to -mo  !•  row.  Eddie  j-.ieGurk,  one  of  the  Laboratory  employees,  leaves 
here  for  Edison  to-night,  and  will  help  you  to  sot  tip  the  ma¬ 
chine.  ITo  will  stay  at  tin  Works  if  you  desire  him  to.  Please 

put  him  on  your  pay-roll,  in  order  to  avoid  complication.  . 

I  sent  you  another  carpenter  yesterday. 

Yours  truly. 

'JOHN  1-’.  OTT. 

Aug.  31 ,  139  2. 

Dear  Mr.  Wemer,- 

Your  letter  of  yesterday's  date  is  received. 
In  addition  to  the  club3,  societies  etc.  v/hich  y  cn  mention,  Ur, 
Edison  is  also  a  member  of  the  following: 

The  Ohio  Society  of  New  York 
Now  York  Academy  of  Sciences 
New  York  Telegraph  Club 
Nov:  .England  Society  of  Orange 
Essex  County  Country  Club 

Institution  of  Electrical  Engineers  (England) 

ire  resigned  from  membership  in  the  Canadian  Club  some  time  ago. 
Yours  truly. 

Chas .  H.  Werner,  E3q., 

Mew  York. 

Cav.  Carlo  Farsotti, 

Chairman  of  the  Executive  Committee  for  the  Monument  of 
Christopher  Columbus, 

New  York  City. 

Dea  r  Sir:- 

Yonr  esteemed  favor  under  date  3th  ultimo,  notifying 
Mr.  Edison  that  at  the  last  meeting  of  your  Committee  he  was 
unanimously  acclaimed,  Special  Honorary  President,  was  received 
here  to-day  in  hi3  absence. 

Your  communication  will  be  placed  before  Mr.  Edison  immediate¬ 
ly  after  his  return  to  the  Laboratory.  He  is  expected  here  early  ' 
next  v/eek. 

Yours  respectfully. 

Private  Secretary. 

Sept.  3,  92. 

Cay.  Carlo  harsotti, 

Chairman,  Executive  Committee  for  the  Columbus  Monument, 

’■lev,'  York  City. 

hear  Mir:- 

Referring  again  to  your  letter  of  8th  ultimo  to  Hr. 
Edison,  notifying  him  of  his  election  as  Special  honorary  Presi¬ 
dent  of  the  Christopher  Columbus  Monument  Committee,  ho  has  di¬ 
rected  me  to  inform  you  that  he  will  endeavor  to  be  present  on 
the  occasion  of  the  unveiling  of  the  Monument,  and  should  he  find 
it  at  all  possible  to  do  so  it  will  give  him  groat  pleasure  to 
participate  in  the  exercises  connected  therewith.  He  appreciates 
very  highly  the  action  of  your  Commit toe  in  naming  him  Special 
Honorary  President  and  will  bo  glad  to  sarve  in  tint  capacity. 

■  '  -  i  ■  Yours  respectfully, 

P  r i v  at  o  So  ere  tary. 

€  of't  Co 

Sept.  6,  1892. 

Richard  N.  Dyer,  Esq., 

TIo.  KG  Wall  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Yoti  will  recollect  that  before  I  went  away  I  had  some 
conversation  with  you  in  regard  to  holding  a  meeting  of  the  Di¬ 
rectors  of  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Co.,  for  the  purpose  of  putting 
through  a  contract  between  that  Company  and  Mr.  Edison,  the  pur¬ 
port  of  which  you  were  already  familiar  with,  and  of  electing  to 
the  Foard  you  and  myself  in  place  of  Messrs.  Insull  and  Schultze 
Ferg.  I  would  like  to  take  this  matter  up  whenever  you  can  give 
i't  attention. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

V5n.  B.  Stewart,  Kntj . , 

Edison  Manufacturing  Company, 

#110  East  23rcl  3t.,  Mew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  enclose  herewith  Financial  Reports  of  t]#  Edison 
Manufacturing  Company  from  July  7th  to  Mop tomb or  1st,  both  in¬ 
clusive,  with  a  summary  which  covers  both  brandies  of  the  business 
for  the  same  period,  and  which  shows  the  balance  between  Accounts 
Receivable  and  Accounts  Payable.  You  will  notice  that  this  balance 
runs  very  irregularly,  and  on  September  1st  amounts  to  only  §1370. 
04.  I  do  not  understand  this  at  all.  In  a  letter  that  you  ad¬ 
dressed  to  Mr.  Maguire  at  the  Laboratory  on  August  12th  you  stated 
that  you  had  farnd  there  was  something  wrong  in  the  system  in 
vogue  of  figuring  Accounts  Payable.  You  were  convinced  of  this  by 
a  hurried  glance,  so  your  communication  alleges.  One  week  later, 
that  is  to  say  on  the  19th  of  August,  you  advised  the  Laboratory 
that  you  had  investigated  the  mat tor  a  little  and  had  discovered 
that  Mr.  Martin's  report  was  inaccurate.  A  period  of  a  week  ought 
to  have  furnished  you  with  ample  opportunity  to  make  a  thorough 
investigation  of  such  a  vitally  important  matter.  It  is  evidently 
nearly  a  month  since  you  first  discovered  an  error  in  these  reports^ 

W*  B*  s*  -2~  Sept.  6,  1392. 

but  no  explanation  whatever  has  as  yet  been  submitted.  It  is 
entirely  useless  to  refer  to  errors  unless  you  can  explain  them. 

I  am  not  at  all  satisfied  that  the  statements  which  are  being  sub¬ 
mitted  now  are  correct  and  can  have  no  confidence  in  than  until  I 
receive  thorough  proof  of  their  inaccuracy.  I  am  forwarding 
these  papers  to  you  now,  so  that  when  I  go  to  the  New  York  office 
you  can  have  the  data  in  shape  to  submit  to  me. 

I  find  that  the  bills  against  the  Phonograph  Works  for  wax 
shipped  since  April  last  have  only  been  received  there  this  morning. 
Why  wore  these  bills  not  rendered  regularly  and  an  proper  dates? 

On  the  3th  of  August  you  wrote  me  to  the  effect  that  the 
Phonograph  Works,  according  to  the  Manufacturing  Company's  books, 
owed  $3,000.  This  does  not  agree  with  the  records  at  the  Phono¬ 
graph  Works,  which  wall  show  a  credit  to  the  Manufacturing  Company 
of  about  $2,000  on  the  same  date. 

Yours  truly, 

sL\o  - 

Sort.  3,  13 02. 

Call  an,  Hr;q. , 
Deputy  In  ji 


with  ref  a  ranee  to  your  visit  to  the  Laboratory  a  few 
days  apo,  when  ym  called  for  the  purpose  of  obtainin'!  information 
relative  to  the  number  of  hours  which  constitute  a  wash's  work  in 
this  establishment,  1  hep;  to  inform  you  that  no  Goods  whatever  are 
manufactured  hero,  and  therefore  the  act,  copy  of  which  you  kindly 
left  for  our  perasaj  would  seem  not  to  apply  in  this  case.  1'hs 
Laboratory  is  devoted  exclusively  to  experimental  work  in  con¬ 
nection  with  Mr.  Edison's  inventions,  no  other  business  whatever 
being  conducted.  The  stair  consists  of  experimenters  and  a  few 
mechanics,  all  of  whom  are  enyaved  in  experimental  worts. 

1  regret  that  yai -happened  to  call  at  a  time  when  both  Mr. 
Edison  and  myself  were  absent.'  Had  either  of  us  been  hero,  all  the 
information  possible  concerning  the  nature  of  the  Laboratory  v/ork 
vTould  have  been  riven  to  you.  Trusting  that  this  will  be  satis¬ 

I  am  yours  very  truly, 

Private  Secrotaty. 

Sept.  8,  1392. 

Dr.  Paul  Gibior, 

Ho.  173  West  30th  Street, 

'lew  York  city. 

Dear  3ir:- 

V/ith  reference  to  the  interviev/  which  you  desire  to 
have  *ith  Mr.  Edison,  I  beg  to  info  an  you  that  he  returned  to 
Orange  thi3  morning  and  will  remain  hero  until  Monday  next.  If 
you  can  cotr.o  out  to  the  Laboratory  to-morrow  or  Saturday  Mr. 
Edison  wi33  be  glad  to  see  you.  He  leaves  again  for  the  mines 

on  Monday  morning.  . 

Yours  truly. 


Sop  t.  8,  ISC 2. 

Moor: rs.  i'-yer  noaly. 

Mo.  .i.j  vr  all  8  treat, 
"sv;  York  City. 

Dear  3irs:- 

In  your  latter  to  Mr.  Edison  of  15th  of  August  last 
you  info mied  him  that  in  his  application  7 63,  the  Kxaminer  in¬ 
sisted  on  having;  a  sanple  of  tha  phonogram  blank  in  order  to  aee 
the  effect  of  burnishing  the  vrax  surface. 

A  sample  phonogram  blank  lias  been  prepared  and  1  sand  the 
same  to  you  herewith  by  special  messenger.  In  accordance  with 
your  suggestion,  one  half  of  the  blank  has  been  burnished  and 
the  other  half  left  unburnished. 

Yours  truly,  • 

Private  Secretary. 

Chas.  Kiroldhoff ,  iisq.,  Sec  rotary. 

No.  PS  Reads  St.,  Hev;  York  City. 

Sept.  9,  18  92. 

Dear  Sir:- 

tlr.  Rtiison  has  received  your  c o ran un ications  relative 
to  the  Dinner  and  Reception  to  bo  tendered  Sr.  John  Fritz  on 
September  28th  at  the  Hotel  Wyandotte,  South  he this hem,  Pa.,  and 
by  his  direction  I  enclose  hers  with  his  chock  i'or  :$20.00  ara'-.n  to 
the  order  of  lln.  H.  Wiley,  Treasurer.  Mr.  lidison  will  attend  the 
Dinner  and  will  be  accompanied  by  a  friend  of  ,.r.  Fritz.  You' 
will  therefore  please  forward  another  card. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 




R.  R.  foirker,  Esq.,  1st  Vice-Pres* t. , 

The  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of  M.  Y. , 

&  IS  Proud  3t . ,  New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:-  ~ 

Ky  direction  of  Ur.  Edison  I  forward  to  you  the  en¬ 
closed  correspondence  received  from  the  President  and  Secretary 
of  the  Executive  Conmittee  for  the  Monument  of  Christopher  Columbus 
to  be  orocted  in  Mew  York  October  12th,  1S92.  Those  gentlemen  wish 
the  Edison  Company  to  furnish  electric  lights  for  the  performance 
which  is  to  take  place  after  the  ceremony  of  unveiling  the-  Uoniiaent 
on  the  evening  of  the  date  mentioned.  Ur.  Edison  has  info  mod' "them 
that  ho  is  not  officially  connected  with  the  electric  lightii®  " 
company  and  cannot  therefore  canply  with  their  request;  adding, 
however,  that  he  would  do  wlat  lie  could  in  the  matter,  and  stating 
that  the  oomr.un i cat i on  had  been  referred  to  the  proper  of  Hear  of 
the  Edison  Company,  who  would  probably  conmunicate  with  the  Com¬ 
mittee  direct  on  the  subject.  If  your  Company  decides  to  comply 
•with  this  request,  please  communicate  with  the  Executive  Committee, 
or  if  you  wi3h  the  correspondence  conducted  frem  this  of  lice,  in¬ 
form  me  'of  your  decision  in  the  matter,  and  I  will  apprise  them  of 
it.  Yours  very  truly, 

Private  Sec'y. 


Cav.  Carlo  Barsotti,  Pres’t., 

Giiujopp©  ?I.  Halferrari,  Soe’y., 

Executive  Committee  for  the  Monument  of  Christopher  Columbus, 
Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

Your  latter  of  30th  ultimo  was  b nought  to  Mr.  Edison’s 
attention  on  his  return  to  the  Laboratory  yesterday. 

In  regard  to  furnishing  electric  lights  for  the  performance 
which  is  to  take  place  after  the  unveiling  of  the  Christopher 
Columbus  Monument  on  October  12th  next,  not  being  officially  con¬ 
nected  with  the  Edison  Illuminating  Company  in  Hew  York  it  is  not 
in  Mr.  Edison's  power  to  comply  with  your  request  in  this  con¬ 
nection.  He  will  bo  pleased,  however,  to  do  what  he  can  in  the 
matter  and  has  referred  your  communication  to  the  proper  officer 
of  the  company,  who  will  in  all  probability  emmunieate  direct 
with  your  Committee  on  the  subject.  The  Edison  Electric  Illumi¬ 
nating  Company,  16  Sr.  IS  Broad  St.,  New  York,  controls  the  Edison 
electric  lighting  system  in  that  city,  and  the  negotiations  in  a 
matter  like  the  one  in  question  should  be  conducted  with  it. 


I  have  just  received  your  letter  of  September  8th  and  am 
refei-rinf;  it  also  to  the  Mew  York  Company. 

Yours  respectfully. 

Private  Sec'y 

6  o 

Sept.  9,  1392. 

R.  P.  Pensorj,  Esq.,  Treasurer, 

Mag not ic  Iron  Ora  Company,  #ig  E roadway, 
Men  York  City. 

Dear  sir:- 

Mr.  Edison  ha3  received  your  letter  of  7th  instant, 
askinre  permission  i'or  your  Superintendent,  Mr.  Edwards,  to  visit 
the  H.  J.  *  Penn’ a.  Concentrating  Works  at  Ogden,  and  he  regrets 
that  he  cannot  comply  with  ymr  request.  Mr.  Edison  has  made 
it  a  ml*  not  to.  admit  visitors  to  the  mill.  Ke  knows  t tot  this 
is  not  the  correct  thing  to  do,  but  he  hae  had  a  very  unfortunate 
experience;  hence  the  rule. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

Sept,  iu. 


hea  >■  Sir:- 

With  reference  to  your  letter  of  27th  ultimo  in  Mf; 
to  the  new  200  volt  lamp,  Mr.  Edison  says  that  it  will  not  be 
lonn  before  they  will  eminence  roauu  factor  in  g  t  hjse;  it  is  slow 
work  to  pet  ready. 

Yoiirs  truly,. 

Private  Sec'y. 

ke>  HmiS 

Sept.  10, 


Mr.  Rdi aon  has  bsan  absent  Prom  the  Laboratory  during 
•sa  »."js ks  and  did  not  receive  your  letter  of  22nd  nit. 
until  yesterday. 

In  rerard  to  Lis  idea  for  protecting  the  skins  of  steal 
vessels,  ho  lias  triad  this,  and  while  it  keeps  the  steel  clean, 
a  senm  about  an  eighth  of  an  inch  thick  forms.  'Pius'  setim  would 
foul  the  vessel  and  is  the  ,-jreat  trouble  in  tha  raattor;  although 
when  the  scum  is  knocked  off  the  steel  seams  to.  bo  perfectly 

Yours  t  roly. 

Pi’ivat  e  Sec  tu  tary. 

ti  Ul)tha>}  ' 

Sept.  10,  1392. 

R.  T.  t'ainss,  Saq., 

y*  ■''J'.onorrrafpli  Con- -my, 

"o-  Yo  -k  city. 

Dear  T 1 1*.  Paines, - 

The  'Rdison  tianufac taring  Company  is  going  to  ;.ako 
an  exhibit  of  medical  batteries  and  appliances  at  the  Convention 
of  t3-i0  American  Electro- Therapeutic  Association,  which  is  to  be 
held  in  'Tow  York  on  the  3rd  of  October.  I  v/ant  to  arrange  to 
have  a  phonograph  running  in  our  section,  as  an  additional  at¬ 
traction,  and  if  ytu  have  no  objection  I  will  armnge  to  send  one 
of  our  own  machines  and  one  of  our  men  to  operate  it  for  us.  ■  - 

Appreciating  any  courtesies  winch  you  may  extend  in  this  connection 
I  am,  yours  very  truly. 

Private  Sc ere tary . 

Sept.  10,  1392X' 

You  mentioned  to  me  on  Friday  that  yon  were  /toir/t  to 
introduce  a  carbon  pencil  resistance  into  the  "M “  Cautery  J-attory. 
Please  ret  me  two  or  three  of  these  pencils  and  send  than  to  mo  at 
the  hew  York  office. 

!ir.  Edison  has  invited  the  members  of  the  American  Electro- 
Therapeutic  Association  to  come  to  Orange  on  the  afternoon  of 
October  ">th  next.  They  will  take  the  1  :  25  train  from  23rd  St. 
on  the  Erie.  X  wish  you  would  see  the  Erie  people  and  ascertain 
if  they  would  put  on  a  special  car  for  these  members;  there  will 
be  about  50  of  then.  I  do  not  want  to  pay  for  the  car  ani  I  •• 
think  the  Erie  people  will  furnish  it  free  of  cost.  If  they  de¬ 
cline  to  furnish  it  free  find  out  what  they  will  charge  for  it. 

Yours  trnly, 


Sept.  10,  1393. 

V/ith  reference  to  your  request  for  info  mat  ion  relative 
to  plant  for  magnetic  separation  of  ore  etc.,  it  wil ]  ba  impos- 
sibl  3  for  ::ie  to  famish  you  v/ith  plana,  as  all  of  n7  men  are  now 
encaged  and  will  be  engaged  all  through  tha  winter.  The  bast  r.&n 
for  yr.u  to  see  would  probably  ba  'ucianan  of  Arlington,  TT.  «T.,  v/ho 
has  had  groat  experience  in  small  plants  and  could  do  bottar  prob¬ 
ably  than  I  could,  as  our  experiments  all  tend  to  very  large  • 
plants.  You  might  also  sea  »!r.  Richards,  of  Dover,  who  is  acting 
for  t !xj  Glow. don  Iron  Co.  Ho  is  cuing  to  put  up  a  plant  and  would 
probably  give  you  all  tho  information  dasirod. 

Yours  truly, 

5  /- 


10,  >12. 

Reply  to  your  letter  of  2oth  ultimo  has  been  delayed 
r’  tJ  a,'y“ncQ  °J  Ur‘  1611  son,  who  ro turned  to  the  Laboratory 

ia  Va"y  ’n11C3'1  °UlBOd  for  ^  to  send  him  the  ban  boo 

.ion  '-on,  bat  as  he  as  gradually  discontinuing  the 
of  tint  material  for  lamp  filaments  he  will  not  trouble  you 

1,0  d°  “ ’  r031dea’  °ne  01  his  i:ian  travelled  all  over  Venezuela 
ana  collected  specimens  of  the  different  varieties  of  bamboo  to 
be  found  there.  Thanking  you  for  your  letter 
I  am,  yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 


With  reference  ti 
"r  tmrtcrstundin/j  • 

’"oris  of  tla  ~uij 
3  I  think  correct. 

ycrii-  letter  to  :,r.  liaison  of  7th 
■at.  young  ms n  are  admitted  to  the 
n  hen  oral  .electric  Company,  as 
liv.  Edison,  iiowavor,  has  nothing 

to  uo  ivith  ftl»  manaC«iont  of  the  %rks,  and  to  gain  admission 

thereto  it  oould  be  necessary  to  apply  direct,  i  „  imder  tJW . 

impression  that  some  knowied^  of  electricity  is  necessary  in . 

order  to  obtain  the  employment  tint  you  desire. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Sec'y< 

E’ltfono  Griffin,  Esq., 
General  Kl< 

Dear  Sir:- 

•  r ic  Company, 
BOSTON,  Mass. 

0j-  4. l,.  ..  y  ^st  instant  re/jardinft  the  opnosition 

°l  “!a  Wew  Nor*  Press  to  the  Trolley  System  was  read  bv  Mr.  MiL 
on  his  to  turn  to  the  Laboratory  a  few  days  aro.  Ho  sa«s  tint 
when  he  rets  a  chance  he  will  do  something  to  ^op  the^ 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secre  tary. 

Y/9 1 

Sept.  13,  1892. 

Ashley  P.  Vaughan, 

Ho.  522  Harwood  Street, 

Dallas,  Texas. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  27th  ultimo  addressed  to  Mr.  Edison  i3 

received.  In  reply  I  bi$g  to  inform  you  that  Mr.  Edison  is  not 

a  spiritualist.  On  the  contrary  he  believes,  in  common  with  most 

people,  that  spiritualism  is  a  fraud,  and  in  his  opinion  its 

devotees  should  be  confined  in  crank  warehouses.  As  for  the 
you  say 

statement  which^Mr.  Hatfield  Pettibone  (whoever  he  may  be)  claims 
Mr.  Edison  made  to  him,  I  assume  it  is  hardly  necessary  to  inform 
yon  that  there  is  not  a  word  of  truth  in  it  and  that  Mr.  Edison 
never  told  him  anything  of  the  kind.  Ho  sensible  parson  will' 
suffer  himself  to  be  imposed  upon  by  such  an  assertion  as  ths  one 
in  question,  which  is  no  tiling  more  or  less  than  pure,  unadulterated 
booh,  and  quite  sufficient  to  prove  Mr.  P.  a  fake  of  the  worst 
kind.  He  is  evidently  of  a  mendacious  turn. 

Yours  truly. 

.  Private  Secretary 

£■  or t  c* 

Sept,  13,  1892. 

}.!r.  Jeremiah  Pifs, 

Lancaster,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Vfith  reference  to  your  letter  of  6th  instant  to  Mr. 
Edison,  the  Company  which  controls  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  process 
manufactures  the  apparatus  for  its  own  use  only.  The  present  in¬ 
tention  of  the  Company  is,  I  understand,  to  buy  or  lease  raining 
properties  which  cewtain  the  required  character  of  ore,  and  then 
to  erect  plants  for  the^concentration  of  the  same. 

Yours  truly. 


Private  Secretary, 


Sopt.  It,  1392. 

S.  P.  Langley,  3sq.,  Secretary, 

Smithsonian  Institution, 

Washington,  D.  U. 

Dear  3ir:- 

The  four  galvanometer  mirrors  which  you  sent  to  the 
Laboratory  some  time  ego  are  being  returned  to  you  by  to-day's 
mail,  platinized  as  desired.  The  operation  was  somewhat  diffi- 
cnlt,  but  the  result  I  hope  will  be  satisfactory.  Hr.  Kdison 
regrets  the  delay  which  has  occurred  in  giving  this  matter  atten¬ 
tion,  but  the  same  was  unavoidable. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary* 


Sept.  14,  1892. 

Mrs.  A.  K.  Clarke,  ■ 

Cornwall  -on-Fudson, 

SI.  Y. 

Dear  Madame, - 

Roply  to  your  letter  to  Mr.  Edison  of  28th  ultimo  ' 
has  bean  unavoidably  delayed. 

In  replying  to  letters  similar  to  your  own  Mr.  Edison  has 
always  favored  the  idea  of  a  beginner  in  the  electrical  business 
taking  up  practical  work  at  the  start  rather  than  to  devote  him¬ 
self  exclusively  to  theoretical  studies  at  a  school  or  elsewhere. 
This  means  that  the  young  raarr  who  wishes  to  become  an  electrician 
should  obtain  employment  in  some  electrical  manufacturing  concern 
who  re  he  would  have  an  opportunity  to  familiarize  himself  with 
electrical  apparatus,  their  various  applications  etc.,  and  also 
to  inform  himself  relative  to  the  numerous  details  entering  into 
the  manufacture  thereof.  In' Mr.  Edison's  opinion  the  in  it)  mat  ion 
and  experience  to  be  ac quired  by  following  such  a  course  are  of  a 
much  more  practical  and  beneficial  character  than  that  usually  . 
gained  by  attendance  at  a  school.  Moreover,  the  knowledges  gained 
in  the  workshop  can  be  supplemented  by  diligent  home- study  of  the 
standard  electrical  text  books  -  indeed  the  fare  go  ins  is  predicated 
upon  the  assumption  that  such  study  would  be  taken  up  -  and  in  view 
of  the  fact  tlat-'in  moat,  of  the  largo  cities  evening  scientific 
classes  are  conducted,  ‘the  beginner  has  ovary  facility  for  ac- 
' qn'air&’ing  hirisolJ*  with  electrical  phenomena  and  the  laws  governing 
same.  Of  course  you  will  readily  understand  that  there  exists  a 
great  diversity  in  the  needs  and  attainments  of  difi&ljant,  individu¬ 
als  nncl  that  it  is  impossible  to  lay  down  a  general  rule  of  ad¬ 
vice  in  such  matters  as  the  one  under  discussion  that  would  apply 
in  all  cases.  As  a  rule,  however,  a  young  men  with  a  high  degree 
of  mechanical  skill  and  possessed  of  the  necessary  electrical 
knowledge  succeeds  as  an  electrical  engineer. 

I  regret  to  say  that  there  are  now  no  positions  vacant  in  the 
Laboratory  to  which  your  son  could  be  appointed.  A  much  better 
place  for  him  to  enter,  however,  would  be  the  Works  of  the  Edison 
General  Electric  Company  at  Schenectady,  K.  Y.  1  do  not  know  if 

Mrs.  A.  K.  Clarke.  -2-  Sept.  14,  92. 

there  is  an  opening  nov/  at  Schenectady,  but  yen  could  ascertain 
that  by  addressing  a  letter  of  inquiry  to  Mr.  John  Kreusi,  who  is 
the  General  Manager. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Sacretaiy. 

Sept.  14,  1392. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

M.  J.  Perm’ a.  Concentratin''  Vlts., 

Edison,  M.  J. 

Bear  sir:- 

I  enclose  herewith  a  rough  sketch,  showing  the  po¬ 
sitions  of  t?e  parts  of  the  Screening  Machine .  A  drawing  of  this 
was  mailed  to  Ogden  last  week  and  should  have  reached  there  are 
this.  The  scale  of  3aid  drawing  was  an  inch  and  a  half  to  the 

Yours  truly. 

JOHN  I>‘.  OTT. 

Sept,  l'i,  1392 

C.  Kirehhoff,  53s q.,  ficc'y., 

flo.  9 Ci  Readc  Street,  .  He*  York. 

Your  letter  of  10th  instant  is  at  hand.  The  gentleman 
who  I  propose  shall  accompany  me  to  the  dinner  to  be  tendered  Mr. 
Fritz,  is  Owen  J.  Conley,  my  Superintendent  at  Ogden,  whom  Mr. 
Fritz  ha3  known  favorably  for  many  ytars,  he  having  opened  the 
Cubian  rninas. 

Yours  truly, 

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Messrs.  ©or  &  Seoiy, 

Ho.  30  Will  St cse t, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  sirs:- 

I  return  herewith  all  the  papers  which  accompanied 
your  a  otter  of  23  th  uitimo  to  Mr.  Edison  in  ra  r;ar.i  to  his  ^pli¬ 
cation  803,  which  stands  rejected.  Mr.  Raison  says  that  he 
thinks  it  is  new  to  use  motors  in  the  way  he  does  with  the  aevice 
described  in  the  ^Plication,  and  it  is  his  desire  that  you  take 
an  appeai.  The  Ooneral  Company  pays  the  exponas. 

Yours  truiy, 

Private  Secretary. 

Oct-  6, 


.T.  0*-d,  fe-l-,  Coup t -oil  ~r, 

Kcliijon  Oano ral  i?loc  trie  tittiftany, 
Tfaw  York  City. 

Dsai’  Sir:- 

I'bef;  to  advise  you  that  Hr.  Riiigon  wishes  t]ia 
amount  rec  -livid  from  your  Cornu  any  weakly  reduced  from  six  hundred 
to  five  hundred  dollars. 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Secretary, 


Kear  sir:- 

V/ill  you  vary  kindly  give  me  the  - uetails  of  the 
transaction  by  which  Mr.  Edison  became  possessed  of  some  J100 
shares  of  t  he  stock  of  t la  North  Am.  Phono/jraph  Company.  The 
agreements  etc.  are  in  Major  baton's  hands  and  he  is  in  Huron o; 
otherwise  I  would  not  trouble  you.  I  want  to  make  an  entry  on 
Mr.  liaison's  books  so  as  to  place  the  stock  on  record. 

Yours  t  ruly , 

Private  Secretary. 


TaJe.  4®  1 e  f  1  o-tr 



Hy  dear  Lombard,  - 

I  »jot  your  letter  of  23th  in  duo  season 
and.  was  glad  to  hear  from  you.  Andem  addressed  a  letter  to  the 
”orth  American  Company,  stating  in  vary  forcible  terms  that  he 
would  not  sign  the  agreement  as  presented.  I  hope  you  will  be 
able  to  induce  him  to  come  in.  I  have  been  unable  to  see  Mr. 
fnsh  since  you  left,  as  he  bus  not  been  in'  his  office,  but  I  am 
try inr  to  make  an  appointment  with  him  to-day.  I  will  advise  you 
i'ully  what.  1  do.  Low  is  the  World' s  Fair  matter  coming  along?  I 
hope  yon  ’.’/ill  Vie  able  to  confirm  the  information  which  you  have 
about,  Kaston.  I  was  informed  on  Saturday  last  that  the  Grapho- 
phono  people  are  going  into  the  doll  business.  They  have  made  'ten 
arrangement  with  J.  'V.  Mackintosh,  who  is  the  President  of  the 
Edison  Phonogrqah  Toy  Manufacturing  Company  of  foston,  at  loast  so 
Mackintosh  infoms  me.  I  hope  they  will  make  more  money  out,  of 
it  than  we  did.  In  regard  to  Class's  'liekol-iri-  the-Slot  machine 
which  was  sent  out  here  to  the  '"orks,  it  requires  to  be  redesigned 
in  order  to  pu  t  it  in  good  shape  for  manufacture.  It  will  cost 

T*  R*  **•  -3-  Oct.  3,  1358. 

about.  3100. 00  to  work  it  up.  I  have  given  instructions  to  have 
this  done  inn  sad ntely,  because  I  wish  to  avoid  delay,  and  X  know 
how  anxious  you  are  to  get  these  machines.  Let  me  know  if  tills  is 
0.  ”.  T  ’'ri.ll  write  yon  again  after  I  have  seen  Hush. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Oct.  6,  13S2. 

Thomas  F.  Connery,  Ksq., 

Now  York  City . 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Edison  s  ay  a  in  reply  to  your  lattar  of  23th  ult. 
th  at  ho  will  accept  the  Ore  Mill  inn  stock  v/hich  you  mention  at 
'20.00  nor  all  are. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary, 


In  rsjga  rd  to  Hntcldnoon's  Socket :  I  h  ,v.» 
liad  a  nn.-nbc-T*  of  con  vara  at  ions  with  Mr.  Jute  hinson  conc-nnn-  t> 
t^,s  upon  widen  wo  should  take  the  socket  up,  and  ft  nally  I  asked 
him  to  aciaross  a  letter  to  mo  statin*  exactly  vhat  he  -vuntad,  whio, 
wmJd  be  a  b38i*  «Pon  which  wo  could  negotiate.  I  enclose  he-euiti 
”>•.  Futehinson' »  letter  and  would  like  you  .to  read  and  criticise 
the  same.  The  guarantee  .-.hie!)  he  daks  us  to  oaks  in  regard  to 

”'J”  U  “»*  an'i  »«  «*  ®»  «»  tulf.  Mr.  atchissan 

basis  this  „„  ths  WUm  M,.t  tM.  ...  aria,  throe 

millions  of  sockets.  I  hav-  i  i  ;  . 

1  iz-stigatod  tms  matter  and  so  far 

88  U  i8?088ibl8  t0  ohtain  such  it  appears  that  the 'annual 

88168  ar°  fnm  1  3/8  t0  2  raill ions.  The  prices  .noted  by  Mr. 

Mute hinson  are  perfectly  sat isi'acto .ry  and  would  leave  us  a  ’virrin 

0i  rt°m  66  lAt  tD  505r*  ’Pl,a  pric«(i  for  Key  Sockets  in 

quantities  of  less  than  10,000  is  18  cents,  and  Po  K*y  Mock’-t 
15  cents.  For  orders  of  10,000  and  upwards,  bettor  terms  would 
Irave  to  be  made,  but  we  would  have  a-n.nln  ma-in. 

A.  0.  TATJ3. 

Mr.  .Tames  J.  Fradlcy, 

#12.3  South  9th  Street, 
Newark,  N.  .T. 

hoar  sir:- 

Oot.  4,  92. 

Mr.  TCdison  has  read  your  letter  of  2Sth  ultimo  and 
in  reply  directs  me  to  say  that  ho  will  look  out  for  a  Job  lor 
you  somewhere.  Oust  at  present  he  does  not  know  of  any  opening. 
Yours  truly, 

Private  Secretary. 

October  4,  1392. 

Frederick  p.  Fish,  Esq., 

c/o  General  Electric  Company, 
#14  Broad  St.,  now  York. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Kr.  Sdison  bas  received  your  letter  of  3rd  instant, 

.at. at in."  that  you  desire  to  spend  part  of  a  day  with  him  sons  time 
this  week  and  asking  him  to  make  an  appointment.  Mr.  Edison 
wishes  to  po  to  opden  on  Friday  morning,  but  he  could  arrange  to 
spend  some  time  with  you  after  the  meeting  of  the  General  Company 
on  Thursday.  Please  advise  him  whether  that  would  be  convenient 
for  yon. 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Secretary. 

Oct.  4,  1392. 

A.  B.  Dick,  Rsq., 

#152  -  154  Lake  Street, 

Chicago,  Illinois. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Hr.  Edison  duly  received  your  letter  of  10th  ultimo, 
and  has  asked  me  to  say  in  reply  that  it  is  evident  from  its  tone 
that  you  are  not  anxious  to  into  the  phonograph  business.  He' 
does  not  believe  that  he  could  make  a  proposition  which  would  be 
satisfactory  to  you,  and  we  mil  therefore  let  the  matter  drop. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

/4/VVU 2-0 

}?•  Dick,  Rsq., 

;.-l-r)2  -  2  54  Lake  Street, 

Chi  cairo,  122  s. 

Oct.  4th,  2192. 

My  dear  Didk:- 

I  am  very  sorry  that  I  missed  seeing  you  when  yol 
”8rS  laQt  -Ie'T  York*  I  was  on  my  v,ay  home  from  the  West  and 
crossed  you  somewhere  between  Hew  York  and  Chicago. 

I  have  written  yon  a  formal  2etter  in  regard  to  the  phono- 

RraPh  b',8ine8S-  1  S,WOse  ^  is  taXU  occupied  with  your 
Present  interests.  We  were  very  successful  in  our  attempt  at 
reorganisation,  but  the  work  i8  not  yet  completed.  I  hope  end 
beiieve  it  wi22  a22  be  c2eaned  up  before  spring  and  that  the  next 
year  will  see  us  turn  the  comer. 

Let  me  know  when  you  are  going  to  be  in  Mew  York,  and  rath 
kindest  regards  believe  me 

Yours  very  truly, 

George  Parsons  Lathrop,  Esq., 

'To.  -13  'Federal  Street, 

Hew  London,  Conn . 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  1st  instant  is  received.  Hr.  Edison 
is  not  sure  whether  he  trill  be  here  next  week  or  at  Ogden.  When 
you  come  to  ?t0,¥  York  next  week  yesu  could  ascertain  by  telephone 
at  which  of  the  two  places  Mr.  Edison  then  is.  Our  telephone  call 
is  "311  Orange,  ■  In  tlio  event  of  your  having  to  visit  the  mine 
Ur.  Edison  says  that  he  could  probably  find  a  place  for  you  there 
where  yon  could  stay  all  nig 3*. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 


Oot.  4,  IS  92. 

J.  Adriance  Bush,  Esq., 

wo.  10  Wall  Street, 

Rev/  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  J.  V/.  Mackintosh,  who  was  and  is  stial  I  believe 
President  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Manufac turcng  Company, 
called  to  see  me  on  Saturday  laBt  in  regard  to  the  litigation 
which  is  pending  between  that  Company  and  the  Rdison  Phonograph 
Works .  In  the  course  of  conversation  Mr.  Mackintosh  informed  me 
that  he  personally  had  obtained  from  the  graphophone  people  the 
right  to  use  their  patents  in  connection  with  a  speaking  doll,  and 
that  it  was  his  intention  to  go  into  this  business  under'  the  said 
patents.  It  has  occurred  to  me  in  this  connection  to  inquire  if 
the  North  Am.  Phonograph  Co.  ever  served  notice  upon  the  Edison 
Phonograph  Toy  Co.  of  the  teimination  of  their  license  agreement  ■ 
ior  kkH  non-payment  of  the  minimum  guarantee.  If  this  has  not 
been  done  I  think  it  should  receive  imnediate  attention,  as  it  is 
very  probable  that  complications  will  ariso  ere  long.  I  would 
suggest  that  you  examine  not  only  the  agreements  between  the  N.  a. 

15 *  Co.  and  the  Toy  Company,  but  also  the 

agreements  between  the 

Adriance  Bush,  Esq.  -2-  Oct.  -i,  1892. 

Toy  Company  and  the  Edison  Phonograph  Company.  Major  Eaton  has  a 
full  set  of  tl»se  and  you  could  obtain  copies  from  his  office.  I 
do  not  know  whether  there  is  more  than  one  agreement  in  either 
case,  but  this  information  you  can  also  #Jt  from  Major  Eaton's 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Secretary. 



To3=sp’!  ’’liavton,  Esq. , 

.Taiaest'ii’m,  1.  X. 

Dear  Sir:- 

.  Your  letter  of  1st  instant  has  bean  received. 

In  regard  to  nickel,  we  laid  in  a  supply  of  sheet  and  wine 
soma  time  3go.  I  will  ascertain  the  prices  paid  for  it  by  our 
people  and  let  you  know.  Do  the  steel  men  get  their  nickel  from 
the  foroirners?  I  am  always  wondering  whore  the  Canadian  Copper 
Company  sell  all  thiir  nickel. 

Yours  truly. 

Oct.  5,  1392. 

Hr.  Rlward  Kelly, '  Manaffar, 

Wharton  Flast.  Pnrnaee, 

Port  Ora'ii,  M.  j. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  4th  instant  is  received.  We  shall  be 
maJ: i nr  bricks  at  0Cden  in  a!  oat  ten  days,  when  1  shall  be  pleased 
to  have  y«  visit  the  Works.  .1  want  to  be  there  when  you  arrive 
and  will  1st  you  know  by  tslerraph  when  to  come. 

Yours  truly , 

Oct.  5,  1392. 

Mr.  E.  Tiarchais-Lagrave, 

Wo.  209  Hast  62nd  Street, 

Mew  York  City. 

Dear  sir:- 

I  take  pleasure  in  informing  you  that  Hr.  Edison  will 
bo  pleased  to  comply  with  the  request  of  Hr.  Paul  d’Abzac,  and 
extend  to  ycu  the  privilege  of  inspecting  his  Laboratory.  You 
can  come  any  day  tint  suits  your  convenience,  when  one  of  the  em¬ 
ployees  will  bo  assigned  to  take  you  through  the  various  depart¬ 
ments.  The  building  closes  at  one  o’clock  on  Saturdays.  The 
letter  of  Hr.  d'  Abzac  was  submitted  to  Mr.  Edison  upon  his  return 
to  the  Laboratory  a  few  days  ago,  with  the  result  as  indicated 
above.  I  regret  that  y ai  called  here  in  his  absence  and  ray  own. 
Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

Oct.  i ■,  3S92. 

C.  Hornes,  '3s  q.,  ”r83i dent, 

Atlantic  ’’nbliskirf:  5;  Enfivavinfr  Co., 

Mo.  96  fifth  Av s . ,  Mow' York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

V7ith  reference  to  the  steel  en^ravine;  of  -Mr.  Edison, 

I  enclose  herewith  copy  of  a  letter  on  the  subject  received  a  fow 
days  a,~o  fran  Chicago.  Just  a3  soon  as  the  en.rravin"  is  received, 
hero  I  will  have  it  forwaraed  to  you. 

In  regard  to  the  a/;e  of  Samuel  Edison,  the  only  person  from 
vhom  I  could  obtain  exact  information’  on  this  point  is  Mr.  T. 
Edison,  win  is  at  present  absent.  When  ha  returns  to  the  Labora¬ 
tory  I  will  bri nf-  the  matter  bofors  him  and  tlen  coesnunicate  with 

Yours  truly, 

Pri  vat  e  Sec  re  ta  ry . 

6L-c«  yo 

October  ",  3 

I  have  received  your  letter  of  5th  instant.  in 
regard  to  the  progress  winch  you  are  making  with  the  Chicago  Co. 
and  concerning  tie  Chicago  Fair.  If  I  had  the  details  ef  tl<o 
ar  ran  gores  nfc  which  you  intend  asking  in  regard  to  the  Fair  I  could 
probably  do  somethin?-  here  to  assist  you,  but  it  appears  to  r.» 
from  /our  letter  that  the  plans  have  been  changed  since  you  ar- 
riv“"  1,1  Chicago.  I  tl»ught  tlio  deal  was  to  bo  based  upon  a  di¬ 
vision  of  profits  You  omitted  to  send  me  the  2nd  page  of  this 
letter,  >*ich  I  believe  relates  to  your  dealings  with  the  Chicago 
City  Company.  Yon  enclosed  the  1st  am  3rd  pages.  In  the  Hatter 
you  refer  to  taking  up  the  question' of  payments  with  Farwell.  If 
yon  will  explain  the  matter  tome  again  I  will  be  glad  to  give  you 
my  Hdxxxx  views.  Perhaps  if  will  assist  you  if  I  return  this 
communication,  so  you  can  see  for  yourself  whit  partita 
I  therefore  send  it  herewith. 


Yours  very  truly, 

£  ^  J'Kthnstr- 

oct.  3,  any a. 

Your  letter  of  dth  instant 

by  me  this 

morning.  I  ag roe  wi th 

that  the  policy  of  the  Oompan ie u 

should  be 
block  faci 
the  Ins-1  ra- 
a  measure  < 

to  eradicate  grounds  which  can  be  done  in  time  by  the 
nc:  method,  and  to  Jceop  the  grounds  off  and  report  to 
nee  Companies.  I  also  believe  that  a  demonstrative 
m/drt  convince  them  that  a  controllable  ground  may  be 
of  safety  for  them. 

Yours  very  truly. 



Boar  -lr.  Awsrbueh,  - 

I  send,  to  you  under  separate  cover  cony  0f 
th®  !nltintos  of  tha  f-Iiix-d  annual  mooting  of  the  National  Phono- 
fn’ai’h  Association,  lie  id  at  Chi  capo  on  the  loth,  a  4th  arm  15th  of 
■  last.  Tf  you  will  read  those  you'  will,  .T  think,  obtain  a 
clear  idea  of  what  we  are  attainting  to  accomplish.  I  would  ra¬ 
rer  you  more  particularly  to  the  remarks  of  Mr.  s«/ift,  which  aw 
reported  on  page  393.  Up  to  the  present  time  we  have  enlisted 
about  90,<of  all  the  Companies.  In  fact,  the  only  ones  concerning 
which  there  is  any  doubt  are,  Hew  York,  Hew  Jersey,  am,  of  corn’s, 
the  Columbia  Company.  I  do  not  place  Mew  England  in  the  doubtfu: 
"column,  because  Major  Sampson,  the  Manager  of  the  Hew  England  Co. • 
an  able  and  intelligent  officer  who  has  succeeded  in  keeping  a 
large  sum  of  money  in  tho  treasury  of  his  Company  in  the  face  of 
WOO°  adVersa'  °°T,ditlon8»  «•  •*  ^e  strongest  adherents  w  isc 

ln  chi0af'°-  rt  "33  largely  owing  to  the  support  given  to  us  by 
Major  Sanpson  that  we  were  able  to  obtain  such  satisfactory  result 


Auerbach,  Esq. 

Oct.  8,  1892. 

I  believe  it.  reasonable  to  suppose  that  the  Mew  England  Company 
will  he  1  arraly  guided  by  the  advice  of  Major  .Sampson.  The  Hoard 
of  Directors  of  the  Mew  England  Co.  met  in  Mew  York  a  short  time 
a-o  sna  decided  that  they  v/onld  defer  consideration  of  this  matter 

days,  in  order  that  the 'new  board  caild  dotamins  the  future  policy 
of  the  Company.  ’’’hey  thought  tliat  as  they  were  going  out  of  office 
so  soon  this  would  be  the  fairest  way  to  handle  the  matter.  You 
I  understand  are  a  Director  in  the  Mow  England  Company.  The  as¬ 
surance  of  support  which  you  gave  ms'  the  other  day  was  vary  grati¬ 

fying  both  to  myself  and  to  Ur.  Edison.  You  are  so  thoroughly  in 
at: co rd  with  our  ideas  concerning  consolidation  that  I  need  not 
refor  to  tint  subject  at  length  heroin. 

I  also  send  yai  a.  copy  of  the  agreement  which  is  now  being 
executed  by  the  local  companies.  If  the  Mew  England  Company  will 
join  us  I  am  confident  it  will  not  be  very  long  before  the  Mow 
York  Co.  and  the  Mow  .Tersoy  Co.  come  in.  If  you  should  r-equiro 
any  further  explanation  kindly  advise  me  and  I  will  cheerfully 
give  it.  The  prospects  which  am  opened  up  by  this  new  arrange¬ 
ment  have  restored  the  enthusiasm  of  those  who  are  directly  con¬ 
nected  with  phonograph  interests. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Private  Secretary. 

Oct.  stii,  i;sos. 

!?y  dear  Lombard,  - 

I  have  your  looter  oi'  5th  instant  in  to 

th3  situation  in  Detroit.  I  will  Ko  into  the  matter  with  hr. 
Thoinao  ''.lion  ha  reaches  Yew  York  and  you  can  rest  assured  tint  I 
••rill  lack  y u.i  np.  I  looked  over  the  list,  which  was  sen  t  to  the 
vork  office  from  Detroit  by  Mr.  Thomae  before  your  letter  came 
to  iiard ,  and  it  struck  me,  as  it  dicl  everyone  else  in  the  office, 
that  ho  had  dealt  most  liberally  with  the  Detroit  Company  in  his 
appraisement.  Your  suggestion  in  regard  to  arbitration  is  need 
and  I  haw  not  the  least  doubt  will  furnish  a  way  to  roach  a 
satisfactory  conclusion.  I  am  having  machines  prepared  for  Swift 
and  Clancy. 

Yours  very  truly, 

i'y  clear  Lombard, - 

As  I  wired  you,  I  had  a  moat  satisfactory 
interview  with  Mr.  Auerbach  and  went  very  thoroughly  into  the 
situation  with  him.  Concerning  tto  local  companies,  ha  sai^that 
ho  was  in  favor  of.  genuine  amalgamation.  I  told  him  that  in  our 
opinion  that  was  the  ideal  plan,  but  tfiat  it  was  impracticable  to 
discuss  it  at  the  Chicago  Convention,  for  the  reason  that  no  satis¬ 
factory  suggest i on  was  made  concerning  a  method  by  which  terri¬ 
torial  value 3  could  be  ascertained.  I  said  that  the  new  agreement 
which  we  were  about  to  present  to  the  Hew  England  Co.  was  the 
first  step  in  the  direction  of  amalgamation,  and  he  expressed  him¬ 
self  as  entirely  satisfied  with  this.  He  said  that  so  far  as  the 
details  of  tin  agreement  were  concerned,  the  percentage  of  profit 
paid  etc.,  if  I  considered  that  thia  was  a  fair  arrangement  he 
would  not  question  it.  Ho  said  that  he  considered  the  principle  of 
bringing  all  the- Companies  together  under  one  head  of  such  vast 
importance  that  the  details,  so  long  as  t toy  were  reasonably  -pair, 
occupy  his  attention,  and  he  assured  me  that  he  would  do 

would  not. 

T,  R.  Lombard,  Rsq. , 



everythin/;  in  his  pov/er  to  aid  us  in  our  work  with  the  Mev;  RnplsTid 
ana  'T|!W  ^orJ:  Companies.  I  am  following  this  matter  up  and  hope 
before  Iona  to  r:e  1,  some  rood  results. 

T.  R.  Lombard,  Esq., 

Oct.  S,  1892. 

Victoria  Hotel, 

Chicago,  Ills. 

My  dear  Lomba m,  - 

I  had  an  interview  with  Bu3h  the  day  before 
yesterday,  the  result  of  which  was  wired  ym  by  Butler.  Ur.  Bush 
says  for  us  to  go  ahead  now  and  3ell  machines  with  simply  the  Hew 
Jersey  restriction  on  them.  He  does  not  consider  it  necessary 
that  v/a  should  notify  any  of  the  Companies  to  comnence  the  sale 
of  machines.  His  opinion  is  that  we  should  start  in  ourselves 
and  ignore  the  notification  part  of  the  business.  I  do  not  know 
that  I  entirely  agree  with  him,  but  inasmuch  as  he  told  me  you 
would  have  to  be  in  Hew  York  in  the  course  of  a  week  or  so  to 
testify  in  some  cases  I  thought  I  would  postpone  a  discussion  of 
the  point,  if  such  be  in  any  event  necessary,  until  I  could  talk 
it  over  with  yon  present.  I  presume  Mr.  Bush  has  commmicated 
with  you  in  regard  to  your  coming  to  Hew  York,  and  will  be  glad 
if  You  will  wire  mo  upon  receipt  of  this  whan  you  expect  to  be  in 

Yours  truly. 


Oct.  3,  1302. 

3.  D.  Greene,  Esq., 

Mo.  44  Broad  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

My  dear  Greene, - 

Is  there  any  way  in  which  I  could  obtain  relief 
under  the  lease  of  the  office  in  the  Edison  Building  which  I  took 
for  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Company,  or  in  other  words,  on  behalf 
of  Mr.  Edison?  I  v/as  obliged  to  move  the  Manufacturing  Company 
up  town  into  the  district  where  the  class  of  business  in  which  the 
Company  is  engaged  is  centered,  and  the  office  in  the  Edison  Edg. 
has  been  vacant  since  June  last.  I  fo  r^et  the  number  0f  the  room, 
but  it  is  the  first  one  to  the  left  as  you  leave  the  elevator  on 
the  urd  floor,  fronting  on  the  court.  I  have  consulted  Mr.  Hanning 
ton  several  times  in  regard  to  sub-letting  this  office,  but  so  far 
have  had  no  success,  although  a  number  of  other  moms  which  were 
vacant  when  I  loft  the  building  are  now  occupied.  I  would  like 
to  relieve  Mr.  Edison  of  the  necessity  of  having  <tp  re^nit  to  the 
General  Company  a  portion  of  their  generous  dividends’'  and  would 
appreciate  very  highly  any  assistance  which  you  can  render  me  in 
this  connection.  Yours  veiv  truly> 

Private  Soc'y* 

Chicago,  T31  i 

:-v  daav  Major,- 

I  have  your  loUor  of  3rd  instant  and  hope  yo 
v/iai  be  successful  in  locating  the  eteol  pi;rto  engraving  of  Mr. 
fid i son.  V-lien  it.  is  found  kindly  send  it.  to  the  address  which  I 

reave  you  in  another  latter. 

I  m  >:3 ad  to  learn  that  Mr.  Lombard  is  getting-  on  so  well  ij 
his  work.  I  succeeded  a  couple  of  days  a<-p  in  removing  the  last 
embargo  on  the  business  and  we  can  now  go  ahead  with  practically 
no  restraint.  1  shall  do  everythin*;  I  can  to  contribute  to  the 
success  of  this  enterprise  and  foal  confident  that  during  the 
next  year  wo  shall  be  able  to  do  a  magnificent  business. 

By  the  way,  I  hope  you  wont  think  we  have  forgotten  your 
Phonograph.  I  will  send  it  forward  to  you  in  good  season.  I 
mention  this  because  the  delay  might  have  caused  you  to  think  our 
promise  to  give  you.  a  machine  was'  a  kind  of  a" red  bluff,%hieh  it 
is  not  -  it  is  genuine,  arid  I  know  you  will  be  pleased  with  the 
insti.iment  When  you  get  it. 

Major  A,  W.  Clancy,  October  3,  1392, 

I  an  sorry  1  an  not  there  to  toll  you  ml'  aide  oi'  the  yarns 
which  *'r.  Lombard  ia  spinning*  I  v/ant  to  Rive  you  a  few  pointers 
in  case  you  war  have  to  travel  ary.  I  think  it  will  be  necessary 
for  me  to  ff0  to  Chicago  before  a  <?reat  while.  X  an  Blad  So  learn 
that  ym  un»  soinrr  to  assist  us.  There  is  no  one  of  whose  aid 
we  have  more  appreciation. 

Yours  very  sincerely, 

Oct.  10,  1392. 

Mr.  John  A.  Benedict, 

Bdison  Park,  Schenectady,  H.  Y. 

fear  S  i  r  .:- 

Your  latter  of  17th  nit., 
notifying  me  of  the  arrival  at  Schenectady 
of  Master  Thomas  fidi son  Benedict,  was  duly 
received.  Permit  me  at  this  late  date  to 
extend  to  you  and  your  wife  my  sincere  con¬ 
gratulations  on  the  event.  The  young  gentle¬ 
man  has  my  best  wishes,  and  I  trust  that  all 
your  fondest  hopes  and  expectations  concern¬ 
ing  him  will  he  realized. 

Yours  very  truly, 

y,  a-  ?, 


~T  A  l£  -  I'C-iwiXwj-  €  > 

Oct.  10,  1892 

A.  C.  Rogers,  Esq.,  President, 

Atlantic  Publishing  &  Engraving  Coippany, 

Now  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Referring  again  to  your  letter  of  23th  ultimo,  your 
assumption  that  Mr.  Samuel  Edison  is  still  living  and  is  now 
ninety  years  old,  is  correct.  The  old  gentleman  is  now  residing 
at  Pt.  Gratiot,  Michigan,  enjoying  hi3  usual  good  health. 

Yciurs  truly. 


October  10,  1392. 

Mr.  Randolph,- 

Raferring  to  the  3100  shares  of  stock  of 
the  Worth  American  Phonograph  Companv  which  Mr.  Edison  acquired 
under  certain  transactions  with  Mr.  Jesse  K.  Lippincott,  I  hand 
you  herewith  copies  of  the  following  agreements  in  which  these 
transactions  are  fully  set  forth:- 

5  Agreements  between  Jesse  H.  Lippincott,  the  Worth  Am. 
Phonograph  Co.,  and  Thos.  A.  Edison,  dated  respectively 
Oct.  30,  1385;  July  22,  18B9;  Oct.  31,  1339;  Lee.  31,  1839 
and  April  1st,  1390. 

2  Agreements  between  Jesse  H.  Lippincott  and  Thomas  A.  Edison 
dated  respectively  July  30th,  13S9  arid  April  l3t,  l?.gO. 

In  making  an  entry  on  your  Journal,  all  that  is  necessary  is 
to  recite  these  agreements,  stating  the  parties  to  them  and  the 
date  of  each.  You  can  tie  these  together  and  file  than  as  a 
voucher.  It  is  not  practicable  bo  make  tie  explanation  on  your 
.'Journal ,  as  the  arrangement  is  complicated  and  the  only  way  it  can 
be  thoroughly  understood  is  by  reading  the  agreements. 

Private  Secretary. 

OM  Co 

Oct.  11,  1332. 

Richard  !T.  !iy«>,  Esq., 

Mo.  o'".  Wall  Street, 

’tew  York  city. 

boar  Sir:- 

You  will  recollect  that  some  time  ago  I  left  with  you  a 
memoraidum  concerning  a  certain  agro'Cient  which  Mr.  Edison  designed 
to  Slave  executed  between  himself  and  the  Raison  Ore  Milling  Co., 
Liini  ted .  Mr.  Edison,  you  will  remember,  also  wished  to  have  cert¬ 
ain  clanges  made  in  the  personnel  of  the  board  of  this  Company. 

I  have  been  unable  to  offset  those  chaises  a  win  ft  to  the  inability 
of  the  Secretary  of  the  Company  to  get  a  quorum  tor-other.  In 
orcl or  tjiat  the  mutter  may  not  languish  I  wish  you  would  at  y..ur 
early  convenience  prepare  an  agreement  between  the  2di30n  Ore 
Milling  Co.,  Ltd.  and  ?.  A.  Edison,  based  upon  the  memorandum 
above  referred  to.  if  there  are  any  further  details  necessary 
I  will  be  glad  to  supply  them.  Fy  going  at  the  matter  in  this  way 
I  think  I  can  carry  out  Mr.  Edison's  wishes  much  earlier  than  by 
waiting  for  Mr.  Perry  to  take  action. 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Sec'y, 


Xnso  i\ 

Oct.  11,  92. 

Sannol  Instill;  Ksq., 

The  Chicago  Edison  Company, 

Chicago,  Illinois. 

Doa r  sir:- 

Your  letter  of  4th  instant-  was  Only  received  by  Mr. 
Edition,  as  was  your  telegram  conpratulatin/:  hin  won  the  decision 
of  the  Court  of  Appeals  in  the  filament  suit,  and  I  ben  to  thank 
you  in  bi3  behalf  for  tie  same. 



Private  Secretary 

Kdison  duly  rue 
decision  in  his 

siy«cl  your  letter  of  5th  instant, 
favor  rendered  by  the  Court  of 

iprenls  in  the  filament  suit.  Ke  is  very  ranch  obliged  for  y0UP 
kind  congratulations,  and  I  bet*  to  thank  you  in  his  behalf  for 
the  same.  The  patent  sustained  by  the  Courts  is  the  first  one 
of  700  that  has  ever  received  decision,  which,  as  Ur.  Udi  son  says, 
is  not  very  encourarrinf;. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary, 

4  f 

Messrs.  Katon  *  Lewis, 

#44  Pro  ad  St.,  Mew  York. 

Oot.  II,  92 

Dear  Sirs:- 

YoU1,  lot1;or  of  :,th  instant  was  duly  received  by  !>, 
.'T®"1  f5  was  Your,  tole/jram  announcing  the  decision  of  the  Coui 
thS  n^MQnt  8Uit‘  is  onch  Obliged  for  your 
Lmn  lafcl0n3’  and  be-  t0  thank  y°u  ir>  liis  behalf  for  the 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Secretary 


_l,Vn5Cl  1 1 

Oct.  11,  1892. 

Thomas  Eutlsr,  Esq. , 

Edison  Bdg. ,  #44  Broad  St., 

Mow  York  City. 

near  Sir:- 

1  enclose  herewith  Mr.  Instill' s  resignation  from  the 
boa  *S  of  the  Automatic  Phonograph  Exhibition  Company.  I  3ond 
this  to  you  by  direction  of  Mr.  Tata. 

You  re 



J«  Adrian ce  Eush,  Esq., 

”o.  10  ’’.'all  St.,  ’Tew  York, 


U,  1392. 

Dear  Mr.  Bush,- 

The  last  agreement  of  the  series  given' me  ths 
other  day  by  yourself  is  dated  April  1st,  1390,  between  Jesse  K. 
Dippinc ott  and  ?.  A.  Edison.  .  Will  you  kindly  read  this  agree¬ 
ment  and  advice  me  if  my  interpretation  that  the  limitations  and 
conditions  to  which  the  5100  shares  of  stock  wore  subject  are 
extended  to  January  10th,  1391,  is  correct.  If  this  be  so  it 
would  3oam  that  thore  should  be  another  agreement  subsequent  to 
January  10,  1391.  Should  such  an  agreement  exist  I  would  like  to 
have  a  copy. 

Yours  very  t  mly. 

Private  Secretary, 

October  J.4, 

Mr.  J.  W.  Gladstone, 

Kdlson  Manufacturing  Oo. , 

Nsw  York  City. 

Dear  Si«« 

I  ass  arranging  now  tar  a  pa  6s  at  the  World's  Vttiify  emd> 
wonld  like  you  to  let  me  know  hovr  muah  spans,  In  a  (filar  &  £gef(  fail 
think  wo  should  obtain  for  the  exhibit  of  the  Kdiaort  itbtial!tii6Mf&r£ 
Company.  We  will  go  In  with  the  Worth  4tai.  Phonograph  6&,  a#  rife 
Bates  Mfg.  Co.  Iheae  two  Companies  bra  estimating  tha  aipa/w  ri&y 
require  now,  and  1  will,  be  glad  to  hear  fr<te  you  promptly  aa  we 
want  to  send  ill  our  application  Without  any  unnecessary  delay. 

Yours  truly, 


October  14,  1892. 

Klw In  G.  Bates,  Ksq.,  Treasurer, 

Bates  Manufacturing  Company, 
New  York  City. 

Verar  Slr:- 

I  am  now  making  arrangements  for  apace  at  the  World's 
j  Pair  and  shall  be  glad  to  know  what  space  will  be  required  for 
;  your  exhibit.  Please  give  me  this  information  based  upon  square 
|  fa«t,  as  that  is  the  form  in  which  our  application  must  be  made. 

I  I  am  arranging  to  have  the  North  Am.  Phonograph  Co.,  the  Edison  , 

I  Manufacturing  Co.  and  the  Bates  Mfg.  Co.  go  In  together,  vrhibh  Will 
!  *ff eot  economy  in  every  direction. 

Yours  truly, 

Ths  »n 

Oct.  15, 


Thomas  Butler,  KSq., 

Edison  Bd g.,  Broad  St.., 
Maw  Yortc  City. 

My  dear  Butler, - 

I  have  a  number  of  Mr.  Instill  'a  resignations 
which  I  desire  to  send  to  the  different  Companies.  Yon  have  the 
list  upon  which  Mr.  Kdison  named  Mr.  Instill 's  substitute  in  oach 
case.  Please  let  me  Know  who  wore  named  in  the  following  in¬ 

M.  Y.  Concentrating  Wes.  Mi  recto**; 

Kdison  Phonograph  Company  Director 

M.  .T.  £  PH.  Concentrating  Wks.  « 
Edison  Ore  Milling  Co.,  limited  " 

amt  President; 

"  Vice-President. 

Yonrs  truly, 

Private  Sec'y, 


Oct.  35, 


F.  R.  ttpton,  Esq. , 

Edi  non  Oen '  1 .  E3  set  ric  Co . , 

Harrison,  TT.  J. 

My  dear  Upton, - 

Has  tliere  been  an'.'  accounting  nads  recently  on 
behalf  of  Mr.  Edison  for  savings  effected  by  the  Lamp  Work3?  I 
balisvc  one  b!13  has  been  paid,  but  that  urns  3ome  time  aw.  Also, 
*liat  about,  the  bills  Which  Mr.  Edison  has  rendered  for  his  serv¬ 
ices  at  Marion?  Have  those  been  passed  to  his.  credit? 

Yours  very  truly. 

Priv  ate  Secret  ary . 

October  15,  1892. 

S.  D.  Greene,  fioq.. 

General  Electric  Company, 

New  York  City. 

My  dear  Greene, - 

I  hswe  in  my  employ  a  young  man  named  Hamilton, 
who  has  worked  in  various  branches  of  Mr.  Bdison'a  business  for 
the  last  12  years.  He  was  brought  up  in  Mr.  Edison1 3  Laboratory 
and  in  1898  was  sent,  to  Europe  with  the  phonograph,  working  under 
Col.  Gourand.  He  i3  familiar  with  all  branches  of  electricity  aid 
in  his  sphere  is  a  most  valuable  assistant.  a  year  afco  I 
took  him  into  the  battery  business  a3  an  expert,  and  ho  has  given 
thorough  satisfaction,  as  ho  has  wherever  else  he  has  been  placed. 
Owing  to  certain  changes  which  I  have  made  in  this  business  it  has 
become  unnecessary  for  me  to  continue  Hamilton's  employment  and  1 
am  desirous  of  placing  him  elsewhere.  He  is  not  a  salessan.  He 
is  an  expert  in  the  use  of  all  kinds  of  electrical  measuring  instru 
raonts  and  would  make  a  first  class  inspector  for  reporting  upon 
current,  pressure  etc.  Ho  has  a  good  knowledge  of  mechanics  and 
considerable  ingenuity.  Have  you  any  use  for  such  a  man  in  any 
of  your  departments?  Would  Mr.  Beggs  have  any  use  for  him  in 
keeping  track  of  Central  Station  work,  of  which  department  I 

understand  he  now  has  charge?  Or  could  you  use  him  in 
Motor  Dep't.? 

Tours  very  truly, 

Private  Secret  ary 

Oc  i, . 

17,  1392. 

Osar  Sira:- 

vonr  letter  of  12  th  instant  is  at  hand  .and  contents 
noted.  I  will  have  col lac tod  and  cant  to  you  100  lbs.  of  nolvb- 
d-.mite,  but  1  an  in  doubt,  if  tbs  labor-  of  coll  ee t-in •••  it  will  not 
ixc-r-ti  25/  net-  pound  of  clear  nuts  rial.  It  is  found  in  crystals 
nnd  will  -perhaps  be  rather  free  of  otliep  natter. 

Yours  truly, 



Ki».  Alison  has  roooivofi  your  lottc-r  of  15  th  instant 
in  regarding  to  meeting  you  on .Wednesday  na>:t  in  How  York  or 
0  ratios  and  directs  mo  to  say  in  reply  that  ho  will  an  it  your 
convena once  in  the  matter.  Pe  suggests  that  you  telephone  to 
the  Laboratory  early  Wednesday  morning  and  state  whether  you  wish 
him  to  go  to  'Tow  York  or  if  yai  will  cons  here.  Our  telephone 
call  is  "311  Orange."  I  send  yai  the  enclosed  letter  at  i,lr. 
Edison's  request.  • 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Secretary. 


Oct.  17,  if! 92 

hear  Sir:- 

I  hep  to  confirm  the  following  message  from  Mr. 
Hdi3on  winch  was  telephoned  to  yon  this  morning: 

"UH.  TATE - Please  (jot  no  some  statistics  on  phono¬ 

graph  that  will  help  Selignan  in  London.  Be  sure  they 
are  correct,  and  specially  net  addresses  of  all  commcr- 
cial  houses  who  have  phonographs  and  who,  ir  written  to, 
would  be  sure  to  /jive  good  answer.  Make  it  fall  as  pos^' 
siblo.  V/anted  quickly.  EDISON."  ■ ‘  ' 

Yours  truly. 


Oct,,  la,  13'.’ 2 

1.  McArdl  o,  1’oq., 

Van  Rensselaer  Island,  . 

Albany,  H.  V. 

Tie  a:-  Sir:- 

X°,'u*  1.atu‘.1’  oJ‘. 11  th  -inatant  "/as  duly  received  by 
i1;*  -f?30”*  x0n  ?iavs  boon  rnisinforviiad;  he  has  not  withdrawn 
.  m  'n0  0 an oral  filoctric  Company,  and  is  not  looking  for  a 
si>.e  on  which  to  erect  a  plant.  The  reports  on  this  subject  which 
have  appeared  m  3ome  newspapers  are  erroneous. 

Yours  truly. 

rivate  S< 

Oct.  29,  2392 

A.  B.  Wick  Company, 

#252  -  254  lake  Street, 
(  Chicago,  122 s. 

Dear  Sirsr- 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  with 
rsc  eipt  of  your  favor  of  15th  instant, 
order  for  $513.81,  to  cover  royalty  on 
during  the  quarter  ending  October  1st, 

very  many  thanks  the 
enclosing  check  to  my 
Mimeographs  sold  by  you 
1392,  as  per  contract. 

Yours  very  truly, 

X  a-'Z. 





j  Secretaries, 

Philosophical  5nc 
r’s  Rooms,  Seavpa 


or  stanch  eater, 
.•iandjeatftr,  ’ ’.n ;>1  ana . 

Dour  Sirsi- 

'ir.  Edison  has  directed  me  t.0  ac.'cnowlodrc  the  receipt 
of  your  esteemed  fav>>r  under  date  4th  instant,  notifying  him  of 
his  election  to  Honorary  Membership  in  your  Society.  Ha  apprsci- 
ates  very  highly  this  honor  and  desires  rna  to  convey  to  you  his 
sincere  thanks  for  the  same,  which  I  now  do  with  much  pleasure. 

The  publications  of  the  Society  should  be  addressed  to  Hr. 
Edison  at  the  Laboratory,  as  above. 

Yours  respectfully, 

Private  Secretary. 

0-Uoa.p  f>*-~ 

Oct.  20,  1892 

i'y  de-jp  T,onba’'d,  - 

In  regard  to  space  at  the  World's  Pair,  ths 
Kates  Company  can  make  t hair  exhibit  in  40  square  feet ;  the 
Mann  factorin'?  Company  would  require  a  space  about  12  x  18  feet. 

If  you  will  add  ti  e  above  to  the  space  required  by  the  II.  A.  P. 

Co.  v;a  >vill  irot  Just  the  space  that  vis  need. 

Yours  very  truly, 

GOO.  '%  /80!lS 
20  East 

'  iy  cioa r  Lath  ro  p ,  - 

I  only  received  this  mo  ming  your  no  to  or  i  jtlv 
instant.  It  was  hold  at  8ird  St.  and  then  sent  on t  to  Orange.;.  headquarters  are  at  the  offices  of  the  Worth  Amo  pl  can  Phono,; mph 
Company  in  the  Kdioon  Building.  Mr.  Edison  has  gone  to  Ogdon,  or 
r.ORs  to -nor  row  morning,  but  trill  bo  back  here  in  the  beginning  of 
-ho  wsok.  I  think  you  could  see  him  without  doubt  on  Monday,  •  - 
T;rssday  or  Wednesday. 

Yours  very  truly. 

20th  Strait,  "ew  York. 

Private  Secretary. 

-dir  t*~t\  -  <£.  P  <  ^ 

Oct.  2£,  IS 9 2. 

Prof.  Oeo.-vre  w.  Barks**, 

#3909  Locust  St.,  Philadelphia, 
P  a. 

Boar  Sir:-  .  .  .  ..  .... 

Mr..  :!-!di.spnihay../*a.c.5ivocl.;the  copy  of  your  book  on 
Physics  whiqh  y  ou  , instructed  your  publishers  to  iforv/ard.  Ho  * 
v*ill  take  Ploasiirc .  in.  por.usinGr/'b.ho  voiiime  arrl  i,is,  very  iff-i'ch 

9&1?; y«r  kindness  in  having  it  sent  to  him.  After  he 
lias  read  the  book  he  will  probably  have  something  to  say  about 

;  Ypurs.nt.mly*, 

Private  Secretary. 

jkA-  /o  Cn-ftf 

Oct.  Ji£, 

H  r.  0  t  t 

Ploaao  let  Mr,  Dickson  have  a  key  to  the 
Laboratory  rate.  Hr.  Edison  approves  of  this. 

Private  Deere tar 

Groans,  Ksq  .  , 

'  General  Klactrie  Company, 

My  tba  r  Cnane,- 

.  1  801  varY  ,!ltloh  obliged.  for  your  latter  of  lath 

instant  in  regard  to  cancelling  the  lease  of  the-  offices  of  ths 
T! tlx  son  Manufacturing  Company  l>y  ths  l?th  of  November.  This  is 
quite  satisfactory . 

Yours  t  wly , 

Private  Secretary. 

Private  Secretary. 

&  '~^r  1  f"  ^  1 4ov^» 

Oct.  22,  1392. 

Prof.  R.  H.  'Phurston, 

Sibley  College,  Cornell  University, 

Ithaca,  IT.  Y, 

Dsai’  sir:- 

?tr.  Kdison  has  asked  me  to  acknowledge  the  receipt 
of  your  .kind  letter  to  him  of  17th  instant.  He  is  much  obliged 
for  your  invitation  to  visit  Cornell,  and  would  like  to  accept  it, 
hut  unfortunately  it  is  impracticable  for  him  to  do  so.  He  is 
still  at  the  grindstone,  hoping  to  get  a  rest  soon.  Should  that 
hope  be  realized  he  will  certainly  try  and  arrange  a  visit  to 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Sa ere tary . 

*•'  psnn'a.  Concent  rat  in;;  Works, 

Edison,  W.  .1. 

Oct.  22,  1392. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

Ref erring  to  Test  Report  of  October  Uth,  the  average 
of  concentrates  during  the  night  run,  as  given  r.hareon,  is  41.48. 
According  to  our  figuring  this  is  erroneous  and  should  be  42.34. 

I  notify  you  of  this  error  by  direction  of  Mr.  Edison,  who  wishes 
more  care  exercised  in  the  figuring  of  these  percentages,  so  that 
he  may  receive  accurate  reports.  The  averages  on  Test  Reports 
of  October  ,13th  and  20  th  also  appear  to  bafigured  incorrectly. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretaiy. 

h  : 

Oct.  'A'-, 

D.  'Pita -i ral d,  i?gq,t 

An uicor,;  t  .Minin-  C>rr.-<  av.' 

Anaconda,  Montana. 

My  ao£v  Pitz,- 

T  have  just  received  yanr  letter  nr a  •.-Tr»  c;. , 
onmieated  with  Mr.  Hamilton.  I  would  have  wired  you  when  I 
in  Montana,  hut  I  remained  only  two  hours  in  Butte,  ana  four 
hours  in  Helena,  and  therefore  had  no  time  to  arrange  to  meet 
you.  i  am  satisfied  that. Hamilton 'will  give  y«t  though  sat 

Yours  truly 

Pi  chard  M.  Ryr;>',  Esq., 

Mo.  35  V/all  Street, 

How  York  City. 

I  rstnm  herewith  drafts  of  two  agreements  which  you 
have  prepared,  hot  won  the  Edison  Ore  Mill  irvr  Co.,  Limited,  anu. 
Thomas  A.  Hdiscn.  I  have  marked  these  in  pencil  Ho.  1  ana  Ho.  2 
for  identification.  In  regard  to  !!o.  1,  Mr.  Edison  desires  to 
have  the  Dominion  of  Canada  included  therein;  furthermore,  the 
2nd  recital  to  be  'c banned  to  conform  with  tha  Pacts  eoncernihr-  the 
Ore  Mill  inn: 'Co’s  indebtedness  to  Mr.  Edison.  He  holds  tJisir  de¬ 
mand  note  for  537,072. SO;  in  addition  to  which  they  owe  him  in 
open  account,  *3,470.31.  In  a^reesent  Ho.  2  the  Province  of 
Quebec  should  be  excluded  to'  avoid  conflict 'with  agreet-tont  No.  1. 

I  "otnm  these  to  you  so  tint  you  may  have  new  drafts  made  and 
pl*co|  in  your  files  copies  of  the  exact  contracts.  If  you  will 
let  ns  have  anofc  ar  sot  I  will  communicate  with  the  Ore  Millin'-: 


Yours  truly. 

Private  Soc'y. 

Oct.  1:9 

My  dear-  Lombard,  - 

I  enclose  hero  with  a  letter  of  introduction  to 
Prof.  farrett,  which  I  think  is  about  what  yon  want.  Aia  "lad.  to 
1  oa^n  you  have  succeeded  in  getting  satisfactory  space.  ~  I  have 
received  your  3 on."  letter  in  regard  to  the  deal  with  Benson  and 
await  further  particulars  with  interest.  ®s.  can  take  ca'.e  of 
thin  find  of  tla  business  if  you  can  arrange  •‘details  at  Chicago 
satisfactorily,  as  yen  scon  to  lie  on  the  track  of  doing  now. 

Yours  very  truly, 

T.  R.  lombard.  Esq. 


Oct.  24,  IS 9 2. 

prof.  John 

P.  Barnett, 

Chicago,  Ill  in 

My  dear  Professor,  - 

I  desire  to  introduce  to  you  Mr.  T.  R.  Lombard 
General  Manager  of  the  Worth  Arne ri can  Phonograph  Company,  and  a 
personal  friend  of  Mr.  Edison  and  myself.  Since  you  were  hers  I 
have  had  a  long  tall:  with  Mr.  Raison  in  regard  to  his  exhibit,  and 
his  Views'  worn  embodied  in  a  telegram  to  birector-Genaral  JJavis, 
of  witich  yon  have  no  doubt  bean  apprised.  It  would  cost  Mr. 

Edison  from  sixty  to  seventy- five  thousand  dollars  to  undertake 
to  make  such  an  exhibit  as  was  "sent  to  Paris.  This  is  more  money 
than  he  personally  can  afford  to  spend.  It  is,  however,  his  in-' 
tention  to  make  a  historic  exhibit  in  the  space  allotted  to  the 
General  Electric  Company,  in  addition  to  which  I  am  gathering  to¬ 
gether  as  many  of  his  inventions  as  are  available  to  exhibit  in 
the  space  appli3d  for  by  Mr.  Lombard  in  conjunction  with  the  exhi¬ 
bition  of  tho  Phonograph  and  Kinetograph,  which  will,  of  course, 
be  a  centre  of  attraction.  I  am  satisfied  that  we  will  have  an 

Bf^in  0.  v-a. tcs,  ^sq.,  Vroas'r. 

Pat*°  ^'faatrn-ino-  Company, 

TI|iw  Yor.k  city. 

Bsar  sir:_ 

I  have  your  iettor  or  2&,d  instant  i„  iWa  to  the 
UlU!r  tn JT‘  tho  v",le3  covering  the  admission  of  frischan isms 
•*“*  “*•“"*•  “*  •«*  *>»  B««  t„  „„„ 

*M“  **  **  ’1”-1U'S  **’  *"  *it„  *.  *,.« :!r„.  Co 

«.  Bo,t„  c„.  ,•  „  ,M-t  tla(  tM>  ^ 

“  M1  bM  1  *«*«•  „„  „ 


Yours  truly, 

iioJ '<>s 


i  to  rny  letti 

’  to  yy 

"th  instant  concerning  the  cancell  at  ion*  of  the  license  given  by 
the  Worth  American  PhonoKrgph  Company  to  the  Edison  Phonograph  Toy 
Mannfactnrinr  Company  of  Boston.  I  have  not  yet  learned  whether 
fo mal  notice  has  been  served  upon  tin  Toy  Company  in  behalf  of  . 
the  tr.  a.  P.  Co.  .cancelling  the  said  license,  it  is  most  ae- 
si  "able  that  this  should  be  d-mo,  and  T  will  b  s  rrlad  if  y0u  v/ill 
acmaint  me  with  the  fact.  On  behalf  of  the  Edison  Phono*  mph 
"for'es  I  an  conducting  ho*oti aliens  with  the  Toy  Company  concern im 
the  settlement  of  certain  liti.mtion  in  this  State  and  the  adjust¬ 
ment  of  on-  claim,  aria 'my  hands  will  be  strengthened  an dthfe  po¬ 
sition  of  the  ft.  A.  P.  Co.  fortified  if  the  notification  above 
referred  to  has  been  served. 

Yours  truly, 


Oct.  25,  92. 

J.  C.  Henderson,  iisq, , 

Engineer- in- Chief, 

Kdison  General  Electric  Company, 

New  York  City.  . , 

Doa  r  sir:.- 

Mr.  Edison  ha3  received  your  two  letters  o f  21st 
instant  and  is  much  obliged  for  the  efforts  you  are  making  to 
.secure  for  him  a  pood  engineer. 

In  regard  to  Mr.  Black,  the  engineer  to  whom  you  refer,  Mr. 
Kdison  asks  "Now  would  it  do  for  Phelps  to  sec  and  examine  him?" 
Also  "What  pay  should  such  a  man  get?"  He  considers  forty  dollars 
a  week  somewhat  stiff,  Mr.  Edison  would  prefer  an  unmarried  man. 

Yours  truly. 


\  Oct.  26,  1892. 

3  , 

J.  W.  Mackintosh,  Esq.,  i 

No.  95  Milk  Street,  . 3,,  .... 

„  .1 

Boston,  Mass. 

Dear  Mr.  Mackintosh, - 

1  am  8or-y  to  be  obliged  to  oonsume  so  much 
time  in  advising  you  concerning  the  proposition  for  a  settlement 
;of  the  difficulties  between  the]  Toy  Company  and  the  Works.  Th*  — 
matter  has  involved  considerably  more  investigation  than  I ' antici¬ 
pated.  I  will  communicate  with? you  at  the  earliest  possible 
moment.  f  .....  .  .  . 

Yours  very  truly, 

October  27th,  1892. 

The  Colorado  *:  Utah  Phonograph  Co., 

Denver,  Colorado. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

Hef erring  to  the  agreement  between  yourselves  and 
The  North  American  Phonograph  Company,  dated  1892, 

we  beg  to  state,  first.  The  North  American  Phonograph  Company  will 
establish  an  agency  at  Denver  and  maintain  the  same  uninterrupted¬ 
ly  during  the  term  of  the  agreement  referred  to  above.  Second, 
concerning  the  leases  which  your  Company  has  made  in  its  territory 
of  certain  phonographs,  The  North  American  Phonograph  Company  will 
for  the  term  of  said  leases  charge  you  its  regular  rental  price 
for  the  said  machines.  The  said  leases  are  hot#  however,  to  be 
renewed,  exd«pt  upon  the  written  consent  of  The  North  American 
Phonograph  Company.  Third,  this  letter  is  to  bo  attached  to  the 
said  agreement  of  the  1892,  between  the  Colorado  and 

Utah  Phonograph  Co.  and  tho  North  American  Phonogr^h  Co.  and 
made  a  part  theroof. 

Yours  very  trnly. 


Oct.  27,  1392 

'I'.  R.  Lombard,  Ksq . , 

Tha  Chicago  Central  Phonograph  Co., 

Chicago,  Ills.  PKRCQMAL 

My  dear  Lombard, - 

I  have  your  letter  of  25th  instant. 

Concerning  Ur,  Barrett,  Is  the  introduction  which  I  sent  you 
a  fev/  days  ago  sufficient,  or  do  you  require  anything  more? 

I  received  your  telegram  this  morning  about  the  Ten  Thousand, 
and  advised  you  that  Raison  was  in  Ogden.  Yon  will  readily  under¬ 
stand  that  this  is  a  matter  I  cannot  arrange  by  telephone.  I 
must.  r.o  to  Mr.  Raison  in  person  and  make  explanations  which  he 
will  naturally  require.  To  this  effect  I  wired  you.  I  also  ru- 
p oat ed  to  you  a  telegram  received  from  hiokinson.  Ho  is  red  hot 
after  Benson's  stock,  and  I  fear  -his  health  will  suffer  if  some¬ 
thing  is  not  done  for  him  soon. 

Yours  truly, 

Oct.  27,  38  92 

T.  K.  Lombard,  13sq., 

c/o  The  Chicago-  Central  Phonograph  Co., 

Chicago,  Ills. 

My  dear  Lombarel,- 

I  havo  your  latiors  of  2b th  instant. 

The  Columbia  and  lov/a  Companies  were  communicated  with,  as 
arranged  when  ycu  were  in  Mow  York.  I  hope  you  will  verify  the 
statement  that  the  lov/a  Company  has  sold  machines  in  thojr  terri¬ 
tory  unrestricted.  I  will  cQnnnnic ate  immediately  with 'Hr. 

Svift.  I  have  been  expecting  every  day  to  hear  from  him,  but  tip 
to  the  present  time  he  has  no l  expressed  himself. 

The  representative  of  the  V/sstern  Ponn’a.  Co.,  whose  name  •  at 
the  moment  I  cannot  recollect,  called  upon  me  in  Hew  York  a  few 
dais  aL3>,  and  I  arranged  to  give  tnon  a  four  montlis  note  in  settle¬ 
ment  of  their  account,  they  tof  receive  fron  time  to  time  the  pro- 
enjus  I  mm  the  sale} of  the  mat o rial  which  we  take  over,  os  such 
sales  are  made,  the  note  being  thus  gradually  raducod  during  the 
period  of  its  maturity.  They  were  looking  for  payment  in  about 
thirty  days,  but  I  explained  to  than  that  wo  required  time  to  turn 
round,  and  their  representative  stated  that  this  arrangement  would 
oe  satisfactory.  Hr.  Sutler  had  previously  informed  then  that  the 


exchequer  would  be  able  to  take  care  of  these  payments  any  time 

after  the  1st  of  January.  The  note  will  be  dated  3ome  time  in 

November  and  will  fall  due  the  first  or  second  week  in  March.  The 

representative  of  theism 'a.  Co.  mentioned  some  details  concerning 
agency  etc.,  and  I  told  him  you  would  arrange  all  these.  Ho 
asked  if  you  would  go  to  Pittsburgh  after  the  contracts  had  been 
put  through,  and  I  told  him  you  doubtless  would  do  so,  and  re¬ 
quested  him  to  communicatejt  with  you  irrmediately  the  contracts 
had  been  accented.  I  will  keep  you  fully  advised  of  all  that 
goes  on  at  tiiis  end. 

Yours  very  truly, 

P  c 

Jesso  Selifimann,  Esq., 

Mills  Puilding,  Eroad  St., 

’■Taw  York  City. 

Oct.  28,  1392. 

Dea  r  Sir:- 

Ey  direction  of  Mr.  Edison  I  send  to  you  tl.a  enclosed 
papers  relative  to  "The  Continental  Phonograph,  11  sold  by  E.  0. 
Knmborg,  London,  England.  These  ware  forwarded  to  Mr.  Edison 
by  his  London  Agent,  Mr.  -hilip  S.  Dyer,  v/ben  you  are  finished 
v/i  th  the  papers  please  return  them  to  t!ds  of  fice. 

I  also  send  to  you  by  direction  of  Mr.  Edison  the  enclosed 
copy  of  a  statement  received  fron  the.  Columbia  Phonograph  Company 
of  Washington,  D.  C.  ' 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Secretary. 

Oct.  as,  a3o2. 

Francis  R.  Upton,  Esq.,  Gen'l.  ham.-ar, 

Lamp  :/.f a.  Don't.,  Edison  Oon'3  Electric  Co., 

Harrison,  w.  ,t. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  am  very  much  obliged  for  your  favor  of  27th  instant, 
enclosing  statement  showing  the  savin-  effected  by  hr.  Edison's 
improvements  from  January  1st  to  September  30th,  1S<,2.  alao  a 
st a toment  showing  the  avorn-e  cost  of  carbons  for  ,he  tTO  years 
-ndin-  Augsst  olst,  3392,  and  statement  showing  saving  effected 
by  Mr.  Edison’s  improvements  on  one  million  lamps. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Sec'y. 

Tfif-  _  //,  cL  C 

Oct.  23,  1392. 

R.  R.  Bowker,  Esq.,  lot  Vica-'l’resldent, 

Tha  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of  M.  Y., 

#1G  &  18  Broad  St  rest,  Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  ~0wker,- 

Mr.  H.  da  C.  Hamilton,  who  will  hand  yon  this 
latter,  io  a  young  man  who  was  broiight  up  in  Mr.  Edison's  Labora¬ 
tory,  and  who  for  the  past  twelve  years  or  mors  has  been  employed 
in  various"’  branches  of  !lr.  Kdison’s  business.  He  has  accepted  a 
position  with  the  Anaconda  Mining  Company,  Anaconda,  Montana,  to 
take  o barge among  other  things  of  the  dynamo  room  in  a  Central 
Station.  He  is  thoroughly  familiar  with  this  class  of  Work,  but 
for  three  |r  four  years  has  not  been  employed  about  dynamo  machines', 
I  would  bo  very  much  indebted  if  you  could  kindly  arrange  to  let 
him  go  into  one  of  your  Central  Stations  soon  after  the  first  of 
November  and  work  there  for  two  or  three  weeks,  so  that  he  may 
again  make  himself  feel  at  home  in  that  environment. 

•  Yours  very  truly, 

Private  Sec’y. 

<Ai  9**° 

let.  29,  1392 

Doaf  Mr.  JSdison:- 

X  en  elo3S  fgfmwith  a  2  ■: tto  ,•  for  %£s**ashofrcr 
w5ile}l  v/l11  enable  me  to  complete  the  transaction  after  I 
rsi  to  Chicago.  Imroedi  ately  upon  my  arrival  there  I  r/iij  invest: 
rats  this  matter  and  wire  yon  fill  narticnlars.  If  these  arc 
satisfactory,  please  have  this  letter  sent  immediately  to  .Messrs. 
VVjeri shoffsr  *  Co.,  so  that  we  will  not  liavo  to  risk  any  daisy  in 
closing;  tho  deal. 

On  Tuesday  the  interest  on  the  M.  '\.  P.  Co.  bonds  will  bo 
paid  into  yon,  and  it  amounts  to  sixty-seven  hundred  dollars  odd. 

Yon  rs  very  t  rul y , 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Rsi], 

October  29,  1892. 

Messrs,  Woerishoff «v  -fc  Co., 

Ho.  52  TCxchanr-e  Place,  'lew  Vork  City. 

Dear  Sira:- 

Will  you  please  instruct  your  representatives  in 
Chicaro  to  pay  over  to  Mr,  A.  •  0,  'Tate,  for  my  account,  the  sum 
of  ten  thousand  dollars  ($10,000.00),  upon  Mr.  Tate'3  delivering 
to  them  ten  hundred  and  twenty  (1020)  or  more  shares  of  the  Chicago 
Central  ”honograph  Company,  and  request  them  further  to  id  r ward 
this'  stock  to  me  in  your  care. 

Yours  v 

ary  truly, 

{JAp c. 

Oct.  29,  1892. 

Thomas  Ttibler,  Esq.,  Treas'r., 

Worth  American  .Phonograph  Company, 

Edison  Bldg.,  Broad  St.,  flow  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  28th  instant  addressed  to  Mr.  Edison, 
enclosing  a  circular  relative  to  the  "Continental  Phonograph, >' 
has  been  received.  Mr.  Edison  received  a  few  days  sjjd'  .f ran" Mr. 
Philip  5.  Jlyer  a  copy  of  this  circular,  together  with  other 
literature  descriptive  of  tin  instrument  named.  By  his  direction 
I  referred  the  same  to  Mr.  .Tease  Seligmann,  from  whom  we  have  not 
yet  heard  concerning  the  matter. 

Yours  vary  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

Oct.  30,  1892. 

M  p.  Edison,- 

Hr.  Chcever  sent  a  messenger  to  me  last 
night  to  tell  me  that  the  'lew  York  Phonograph  Company  had  called 
a  meeting  of  its  Directors  on  Monday  for  the  purpose  of  providing 
money  for  the  Treasury,  and  to  ask  me  if  tharor/as  anything  I 
wanted  to  say  to  him  about  it.  1  said  a  great  deal  about  it. 

1  sent  word  to  Ch sever  that  he  must  under  no  circumstances  permit 
the  Hoard  to  supply  any  money  for  the  treasury.  I  -„old  him  he 
should  insist  upon  a  thorough  investigation  of  the  present  manage¬ 
ment  and  show  the  Directors  just  how  the  Company  stands.  It  has 
bean  my  belief  all  along  that  those  men  were  not  a war"  of  the 
precarious  position  in  which  the  Haines  manage, sent  had  placed  this 
Company,  and  T  am  more  than  ever  convinced  that  this  is  so  from' 
the  fact  that  they  have  not  had  a  meeting  of  the  Directors  for 
nearly  a  year,  and  that  at  the  last  meeting  a  substantial  suiplus 
was  reported.  There  will  be-lively  times  on  Monday  I  expect.' 

A.  0.  Tat  e. 


Oct.  30,  1892. 

Mr.  Edison,-  • 

I  attach  hereto  a  memorandum  which  Mr. 

Theo.  Seligmann  has  riven  me  concerning  the  present  negotiations 
in  London,  he  calls  thi^i  an  "Approximate  Idea  of  Control  for  lit. 
Britain."  Ke  says  the  actual  terns  of  settlement  may  differ- 
slightly  from  these,  but  there  will  be  no  very  radical  change. 

I  also  attach  a  copy  of  the  memorandum  which  you  signed,  agreeing 
to  transfer  the  manufacturing  rights  of  Ot.  Eritain  for  1/4  of 
the  stock  and  cash  received  by  the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Co. 
This  memorandum  you  will  recollect  was  made  in  the  presence  of 
Mr.  Dolan,  Mr.  Henry  Seligmann  and  myself. 

Mr.  Jesse  Seligmann  tells  me  that  at  a  subse<pient  interview 
between  him  and  yourself,  you  stated  that  you  would  transfer 
those  rights  for  lA  of  the  cash  received  by  the  Edison  U.  P.  Co., 
taking  no  portion  whatever  of  the  stock.  1  told  Mr.  Seligmann 
that  I  was  not  aware  any  such  arrangement  had  been  made,  and  he 
said  that  it  was  an  understanding  arrived  at  between  you  and  ■ 
himself.  Let  me  know  if  you  made  this  drrangement.  I  an  inclined 
to  think  you  did  not. 

A.  0.  TATE. 


Oat.  31,  1392 

Mr.  Edison, - 

I  think  the  attached  letter  from  Mr.  Auer¬ 
bach  vri.ll  show  you.  that  I  have  not  overestimated  the  importance 
of  keeping  Cheevar  with  us.  It  simply  means  that  we  have  got  to 
employ  him  after  the  Mew  York  Company  comes  into  the  deal.  This 
will  not  be  difficult  to  arrange.  IVe  can  put  him  somewhere  and 
fix  it  so  ho  can  earn  sorao  money.  I  have  dictated  a  reply  to 
Mr.  Auerbach* s  letter,  for  you  to  sign  if  you  approve  of  it. 

A.  0.  Tate 


•Joseph  S.  Auerbach,  Esq. , 

No.  3  Proad  Street,  New  York. 


31,  1892. 

Dear  Mr.  Auerbach, - 

I  have  received  your  letter  of  28th  instant. 

I  had  an  interview  a  few  days  ago  with  Conmodore  Chun v or  concerning 
the  future  of  the  phonograph,  and  was  glad  to  find  that  his  views 
wore  so  well  in  accord  with  ray  own.  Wo  discussed  the  possibilities'* 
of  th®  N.  Y.  Phonograph  Co.  joining  in  the’ now  arrangement,  and  if 
thi3  can  be  brought  about  the  North  Am.  Phonograph  Co.  will  bo  very 
plad  indeed' to  avail  itself  of  Contnodoro  . Chsevar's  ability. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Oct.  SI, 

as  92. 

Dear  Mr.  Edisow,- 

The  Dirac tors  of  the  "lionoRiuph  Works  are 

T.  A.  Edison. 

R.  L.  c:nt.ting 
Samuel  Insu33 . 
v/.  Morton  Grinnell 
A.  E.  Twoeibloy. 

The  attached  letter  will  she*  you  why  I  have  bean  unable  to 
have  a  occtin*  of  the  Directors  of  tt». Phono.  %B.  to  puss  upon 
the  bond  matter,  I  will  have  to  get  Cutting  and  either  Grinoell 
or  Twomblsy,  who  with  yourself,  will  make  a  quorum.  I  will  go  on 
the  Hoard  in  place  of  Instill,  and  then  you.  Cutting  and  myself 
will  be  a  quorum.  The  interest  on  the  §148,000  worth  of  bonds 
which  settled  the  Works  •  claim,  will  be  paid  to  the  Edison  Phono, 
Works,  but  I  have  signed  a  check  of  the  Uorka  to  your  order  for 
the  same  recount,  which  they  will  hand  to  yoU. 

A.  0.  T 

Oct.  31,  98. 

Mr.  Edison,- 

I  enclose  herewith  copy  of  a  letter  which  I 
have  addressed  to  Eatas  in  regard  to  his  model  maker,  Simpson. 

'■"hen  Simpson  was  at  the  Works  before  he  caused  considerable 
trouble  by  refusing  to  respeet  our  ordinary  factory  mles.  Host 
of  the  time,  instead  of  coming  through'  the  gate,  he  would  climb 
the  fence  on  the  opposite  3ide  of  the  yard  and  otherwise  conduct 
himself  in  a  way  which  indicated  his  contempt  for  discipline.  Now 
unless  he  can  conduct  himself  as  the  other  men  do  we  cannot  employ 
him,  and  that  is  what  I  am  giving  Mr.  Bates  to  understand.  I 
think  Bates  had  an  idea  that  when.  Simpson  came  to  the  Works,  he 
f Bates)  could  use  him  in  any  way  he  wished  -  that  is  he  could 
continue  experimenting.  There  is  no  use  whatever  in  continuing 
these  experiments  or  in  working  on  any  other  models,  because  the 
Bates  Company  for  a  long  time  to  come  will  net  have  sufficient 
money  to  build  any  additional  types  of  machines. 

A.  0.  TATE. 

I  hand  you  herewith  a  letter  from  F.  A.  0. 
Schwarz,  which  is  in  response  to  a  letter  of  mine,  asking  Mr. 
Schwura  if  he  would  appraise  the  doll  parts  which  we  have  at  the 
Works.  Yon  will  observe  that  he  states  that  the  parts  are  in 
his  opinion  worth  the  import  prices  to  any  one  who  could  make  use 
of  thsm.  I  think  it  reasonable  to  suppose  'that  we  can  sell  them 
to  some  one  who  could  make  use  of  then.  The  Toy  Company  paid 
75  cents  a  set  for  these  ptrts,  and  at  this  valuation  we  hold  at 
the  Works  about  twenty  thousand  dollars  worth. 

The  Toy  Company  has  rlaced  a  chattel  mortgage  on  these  parts 
forvsoms  six  or  seven  thousand  dollars,  and  there  is  a  very  fair 
chance  thit  they  will  make  it  stick.  I  have  requested  Mr.  Dyer 
to  explain  to  you  exactly  how  this  stands. 

Providing  1  can  get  a  satisf actory  acknowledgement  of  in¬ 
debtedness  to  the  extent  of  riot  less  than  sixty  thousand  dollars 
from  the  Toy  Company,  would  you  be  willing,  in  order  to  stop  liti¬ 
gation,  to  sell  these  parts  for  whatever  they  will  bring  in  the 
best  available  market,  and  give  the  Toy  Company  25#  of  the  pro- 
^oeeds?  -  It  is  probable  that  some  such  arrangement  as  this  can  be 

M  r. 

K  d  i  s  o  n. 

Oct.  ai,  92. 

made,  and  if  you  are  agreeable  I  will  attempt  it  on  .-uy  return. 

Or  will  you  let  me  propose  that  we  sell  the  parts  and  divide  the 
proceeds  as  above,  and  submit  our  claim  to  arbitration?  1  think 
it  very  probable  that  some  such  arrangement  could  be  made.  I  an 
very  anxious,  as  I  know  you  are,  to  get  these  matters  out  of  the 
lawyers'  hands. 

Yours  truly, 

A.  0.  TATE. 



(fArt-O  0)  " 

Oct.  oi,  IS92. 

A.  0.  'T’nte,  Rsq., 

c/o  The  Chic  arc  Central  ^honoy  r-aPh  Co., 
Chicago,  Illinois. 

Dear  Mr.  Tate,- 

With  vsj’srancs  r,o  your  telephonic  message  of 
to-day  concerning  Chicago  Central  Phonograph  Co.,  aa  I  telephoned 
you  Mr.  Tldinon  said  in  reply  that  he  would  order  Re  iff  to  pay  the 
money  upon  your  depositing  801  shares  of  t Is  stock.  I  enclose 
herewith  copy  of  a  lo'tfter  to  winch  I  obtained  Mr.  Udison’s  siyna- 
tur<j  anci  which  T  will  deliver  to  Mr.  Reiff  at  Woerishoffer  .%  colg 
to-worn*  w  t.wrnincr  before  coming  to  Laboratory.  I  also  enclose 
copy  of  your  message  as  it  reached  mo  over  the  telephone  and  as 
it  was  submitted  to  Mr.  Rdison,  with  copy  of  the  latter's  notation. 
Should  you  find  it  necessary  to  again  communi cat e  with  Mr.  Kcliaon 
while  xn  KMxxrkk  xnffl  yon  are  in  Chicago  he  would  prefer  that  you 
use  the  •telegraph  instead  of  the  telephone;  the  rates  charged  for 
the  latter  ho  considers  much  too  expensive;  he  instructed  me  to 
telegraph  his  reply  to  your  message,  but  afterwards  he  relented 
and  said  I  could  telephone  it.  I  refer  to  the  matter  at  his 
request.  All  the  letters  winch  you  dictated  on  the  train  have 

been  written  and  sent  off. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Oct.  31,  3392. 

Richard  M.  Dyer,  Usq., 

Mo.  33  Wall  Street, 

Mew  York  City. 

In  talk ing  t0  odiaon  the  otlwr  nay  I  happened  to 
mention  that  the  Toy  Company  had  a  chattel  mortgage  on  the  doll 
pa»-ts  Which  we  have  attached  at  the  Works.  He  aooa  not  understand 
how  they  sot  this  mo rt ,3 ape,  cr  shy  they  sliould  have  any  show  to 
make  it  stick.  '"133  you  explain  this  matter  thoroughly  to  him 
as  soon  ar.  possible  after  receipt  of  this  communication.  I  am 
askiny  him  for  advice  in  regard  to  a  settlement  which  I  have  pro¬ 
posed,  and  this  information  will  assist  his  judgment. 

Yours  very  truly,  ' 

Private  Secretary. 

Messrs,  flfoarisboffsr  &  Co., 

Ho.  52  Hxchango  Place, 

Hew  York  City. 

Oct.  31,  1392. 

Referring  to  my  letter  to  you  under  date  29th  inst., 
m  which  X  asked  you  to  instruct  your  representatives  in  Chicago 
to  pay  over  to  Mr.  A.  0.  Tate,  for  ray  account,  the  sum  of  ten 
thousand  dollars  ($10, 000. 00 )  upon  Mr.  Tate's  delivering  to  them 
ten  ltundrod  and  twenty  or  more  shares  of  the  stock  of  the  Chicago 
Central  Phonograph  Company,  will  you  please  direct  your  Chicago 
representatives  to  pay  this  money  to  Mr.  Tate  upon  his  depositing 
with  them  eight  hundred  and  one  (801)  shares  of  the  stock  mentioned 
instead  of  1020  as  per  my  previous  letter.  The  stock  is  to.  be 
forwatued  tome  in  yonr  care.  Requesting  your  prompt  attention 
to  the  matter  and  apologizing  for  troubling  you  again  with  ro gard 
to  it 

yours  very  truly. 


’-5.  t:.  :ioamn,  Esq., 

TTo.  3' >5  Broadway,  Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Edison  las  received  your  letter  of  as th  ultimo, 
as.-:m/-  if  ho  considers  the  property  known  as  the  J.  n.  Smith 
iarrn  at  i-lenlo  Bark,  H.  J.,  a  safe  loan  for  jo, 000.  In  reply  ho 
di  roots  mo  to  info™  you  that  his  impression  is  you  would  have 
difficulty  in  C«ttine  the  money  back  in  the  event" of  your  making 
such  A  loan.  He  would  loan  only  bn  property  situated  in  tovm  or 

Your3  trulj 



Mr.  William  S.  Kens, 

#89- V/hite  St.,  New  York. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  letter  of  33th  ultimo  haa 
Edison,  who  3aya  in  reply  that  if  he  owns  a 
Heights  he  never  know  of  the  fact.  If  you 
his  ownership  of  tha  property  in  question  h 

been  roo'd.  by  Mr 
ny  lota  at  Fordhai 

can  convince  him 
a  will  sell  cheap 


truly,  ' 

Private  Sec'y 

o-rt  c-c,j 

Nov.  I,  1392. 

A.  I.  findley,  E3q.,.  Vius-Prea't.  A  Editor, 

The  Iron  Trade  R  u  v  i  o  >  ■; 

Cleveland,  Ohio. 

Dear  sir:- 

Reply  to  your  letter  of  22na  instant  to  Ur.  Edison 
has  been  delayed  owing  to  his  absence. 

Mr.  ndison  rerrots  that  at  present  lie  is  unable  to-  send  you 
anythin;-:  for  publication  concerning  his  ore  milling  process.  The 
Concentrating  Works  at  Ogden,  II.  J.,  arc  not  yet  in  full  operation. 
Certain  additions  and  improvements  are  being  made  to  the  plant 
there,  and  as  soon  as  these  are  completed  to  Mr.  Edison’s  satis¬ 
faction,  ho  will  be  glad  to  give  you  some  data. 

Yours  trxily, 

Private  Secretary. 


Hov.  1,  1392. 

Thomas  Fntler,  Esq.,  Treas'r., 

north  American  Phonograph  Company, 
Hrw  York  city. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  enclose?  herewith  agreement,  in  duplicate,  between 
the  north  American  Phonograph  Co.  and  the  West  Coast  Phonograph 
Company,  dated  13th  day  of  October,  1.392.  Mr.  Tate  handed  these 
to  me  with  instructions  to  obtain  Mr.  Edison's  signature  to  them. 
Oicy  nave  l.-son  executed  by  Mr.  Edison  as  President  of  the  M.  a.  P 
Co.,  and  1  therefore  send  than,  to  you.  Please  acknowledge  their 

Xj  -Ta-,  I  +- 

Consnl  r-er>eral  for  Italy, 

T -Jew  York  City. 

Hov.  2,  1392 

I  take  pleasure  in  informing  you  that  Mr.  Kdison  oil 
be  moaned  to  extend  to  the  raitlemen  mentioned  in  your  esteemed 
favov-  of  '31'st  ultimo  the  privilege  of  inspecting  h,s  Laboratory. 
They  can  come  on  Friday  or  Monday  afternoon  next,  whichever  day 
is  most  convenient.  On  their  arrival  at  the  Laboratory  they 
should  inquire  for  Mr.  Xemwlly,  who  will  co-duet  them  throuflh' 
the  build  infra. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Score' 

'f'fl  if  ""  P*U«r,S 

°»  lT*  OonleSf,  Rsq. , 

H.  J.  &  Penn' a.  Con cent fating  \«ks., 

Edison,  N.  J. 

Nov.  3,  1892 

Dear  Sir:- 

sent  to  you  ?*“!**"*  telegram  vhicn  - 

y  ....  .  i.aison  on  the  1st  instant:- 

Private  iJocro 

Messrs.  Charles  Thom  anti  v'?illis  %  Jones, 

Mo.  195  Broadway,  ’Jew  York  City. 

Dear  sirs:- 

Mr.  fidison  has  directed  me  to  thank  you  for 
the  copy  of  your  book,  "Tele?:  »-ap  hie  Connections,"  which  you 
kindly  3ent  to  him,  and  which  ho  duly  received.  Ha  says 
that  the  explanatory  d in/crams  contained  in  this  v/orl:  arc  tha 
host  he  lias  yet  3oen. 

In  your  deaerintion  of  the  Qjaudr.iplox,  you  refer  to  it, 
erroneously,  as  tha  joint  invention  of  Thomas  A.  liaison  and 
re!0r”a  p*  ’’"■eott.  The  idea  that  Mr.  Prescott  was  co- inventor 
v.'itb  Hr.  Edison  of  tha  Qjmdrupl ox,  was  proved  in  Court  to  bo  a 

Yours  t  suly, 



•18  00. 

.  Edison  has  perused  the  journal 0  tljoy 

«5ioiU;i  iv;.  roturnod  to  t!a  lebo'titor? 
It  ia  Vi";  deal  rat .le  that  the  jjgpsra 
returned;  otherwise  the  filos  will  ,K 

f'°"  in  the  Library, 

alnaatly  a  ant  should  also  be 
■  ir.uoRiplii  te. 

Yours  respectfully, 



I  bar:  to  confirm  tins  following  message  which  wi- 
tn  you  to-day  i  y  direction  of  :..r.  fiaison,  in  rap. 

"I  supposed  that  Woriarty-  know  that  the  postal  cylinde 
foatnre  was  not  yet  a  success.  We  can  start  making 
1,0°0  machines  without  postal  attachment  at  once,  and 

probably  commence  delivering  inside  if  three  months. 


Yours  truly. 

Private  :jc 



There  is  a  serious  defect  coma  up  in  you:-  boiler  ar. 

0"d'-n.  I  have  been  experimenting  on  burning  a  very  excellent 
bituminous  coal  containing  a  largo  quantity  of  -as  ana  fina  ;:«at 

that  v/itl.  a  Uovr:y  the  Rases  when  the  fire  door  is  open&d  will 
jnst  stay  in  and^not  blow  out  of  side  doors.  Tim  fire  is  only 
tv/o  inches  thick,  and  kept  full-  of  holes  as 'ion-?  as  the  flame i?di  ins  holes  is  oh  its;  X  an  thus  enabled  to  <yet  enough  oxygen 
in  and  hold  it  lour  enough  to  burn  the  gases.  This  method  saves 
us  thirty  dollars  p-sr  day.  I  have  received  the  following  telegram 
from  Ogden  Mine: 

"We  find  four  cast  iron  heads  on  -t  steam  druais  cracked. 

'Chsy  ao  not  leak  yet  but  are  liable  to  at  any  time.  We 
cannot  run  fires  with  damper  shut  to  point  marked;  it 
makes  too  much  heat  on  head  of  flues  and  cast  iron  heads 
of  drums.  As  you  know  the  top  of  cast  iron  heads  does 
not  come  in  contact  with  fire  while  the  bottom  does  artl 
the  difference  ifl  expansion  causes  t;  an  to  crank.  The 
above  explanation  is  (riven  by  boilermakers  now  here." 

They  ask  for  advice  and  I  call  on  you  to  suggest  a 

remedy.  If  wo 

Salinrsan,  Fsq . , 

U-3;v  York 

Ci  ty. 


“For  lot  of  one  thousand  Commercial  Phonor.uphs  can  com¬ 
ma  ncs  delivery  in  Mew  York  in  ninety  days  from  dat»  of 
order;  price  sixty- four  dollars  each,  not  including  bat¬ 
ten-  or  table.  shall  want  twenty  thousand  dollars  down, 
twenty  thousand  when  first  500  have  boon  delivered,-  and 
balance  when  all  are  delivered,-  and  the  whole  ®,3ranteed 
by  you..  Cylinders  ten  dollars  par  hundred;  mailing 
cylinders,  price  unknown..  Balance  due  Phonograph  Works 
on  currant  account  to  be  paid." 

Yours  truly, 

<7-  A.  &  • 



HAi'C  ■  . . 

November  7th,  1392. 

Thomas  Futlcr,  Esq.,  Tress' r., 

•‘orth  Amo  vie  an  Phonograph  Co., 
Hew  York  City. 

-bear  5ir:- 

bave  boon  pic’cod  out  and  the 
nov;  win  boar  marks  of  nsarra. 

mn.i ority  of  those 

aro  not  trill  lit.*  shipped, 
oo  trsatod  it  will 

onor-ita  their  sale 

for  thom. 

against  our  .uettiry;  : •ocular  prican 

Youra  vary  truly, 

Vice-President . 


My  dear  l;'abbri,- 

Your  1  attar  of  21st  instant  is  received. 

I  rejyrat  that  the  material  for  the  phonograph  did  not 
raach  you  promptly,  ^eyardiny  the  cylinder  with  record  of 
rny  voice,  put  tlw  tubes  in  your  oars,  and  adjust  the  re-u- 
latiny  governor  to  such  a  speed  that  you  will  roco.-nisa  the 
voice,  A  faithful  vo  pro,- tact  ion  cannot  be  obtained  on  the 
phonograph  unless  the  cylinder  is  male  to  revolve  at  the  ex- 
act  snaad. 

Yours  very  t  roly. 

l1*  "abb ■'i,  l?sq., 

Florence ,  Ttal: 

Prof.  H.  M.  Barrett, 

Chicago,  Ilia. 

November  9,  1892. 




sorry  not  to  have  seen  you' 
;hing  then  was  in  a  very 
thing  to  say  so  far  as 
id  several  very  pleasant 

My  dear  Professor  Barrett.-  s 

I  was  very  f 

when  X  was  in  Chicago  last  week.  Everyj;} 
unsettled  condition  and  I  really  had  noil 
(exhibition  matters  v/ere  concerned.  I  1 
interviews  with  Mr.  Hornsby,  and  he  explained  to  me  very  fully 
the  situation  involving  the  relations  p  ?  the  General  Eleotrio  Co. 
Since  my  return  to  New  York  X  have  readied  a  very  thorough,  and,"” 

I  am  happy  to  say,  very  cordial  understanding  with  the  represent¬ 
atives  of  the  Gen’l.  Eleotrio  Company,  ill  of  which  X  have  ex¬ 
plained  to  Mr.  Hornsby  in  a  letter  addressed  to  him  to-night.  X 
feel  that  I  oan  now  say  to  you  that  no  .fane  will  have  any  reason  to 

fee  disappointed  with  the  exhibit  that  ii  to  be  made  by  Mr.  Edison'.' 

,.../ ,  ) 

The  people  interested  in  him,  not  excepting  himself,  are  on  their" 

metal,  and  when  the  Frenchmen  come  over.?  here  they  will  be  suprised 
to  find  what  a  Prophet  can  do  in  his  oijm  land. 

You  were  kind  enough  to  say  when  ij  saw  you  in  New  York  that 
if  it  would  further  our  interests  to  have  a  representative  appoint¬ 
ed  to  an  official  position  on  your  staf^,  you  would  arrange  it.  'It 

Prof.  Barrett . 


Nov.  9,  1892. 

would  assist  us  very  materially  to  havej this  appointment  made, 
"and  as  1  understand  that  you  have  already  arranged  the  details  of 
this  appointment,  I  do  not  hesitate  to  ask  you  to  effect  it,  and 
for  all  your  courtesies  j 

X  am  most  gratefully 


Private  Secretary. 


;  November  9,  1892. 

have,  you  will  find  that 
about  one-half  of  Section 

My  doar  Lombard,-  l 


You  will  be  glad  to  learn  that  X  have  made  a 
thoroughly  satisfactory  arrangement  with  the  General  Electric  Co. 
in  regard  to  space  at  the  World' a  Pair.)  I  have  before  me  one  of 
the  official  plans  given  me  by  Mr.  Hornsby,  and  if  you  will  refer 
to  the  same,  copy  of  which  you  no  doubt j 
the  apace  originally  assigned  to  us  was 
0,  No.  36.  I  had  a  meeting  to-day  wit.i  the  representatives  of 
the  General  Electric  Company,  Mr.  Spenc >r  being  present,  and  they 
'drew  up  a  memorandum,  a  copy  of  which  will  be  given  me  to-morrow. 

’I  will  forward  it  to  you  as  soon  as  I  rbooive  it.  In  lieu  of  the 
space  above  roferred  to  they  have  assi^ied  to  us  the  whole,  of  ' 
Section  No.  82,  which  is  one  of  the  four  great  squares  surrounding 

i  *  •  j  ^ 

"the  centre  of  the  electrical  building.  |  All  of  Mr.  Edison's  persoff- 

ai  exhibit,  or  practically  all  of  it,  w] 
arid  the  surrounding  exhibit  will  bo  madp  to  harmonize  with  the  re-' 

'quiremonts  of  the  former.  The  General  Electric  people  are  pre- 


pared  to  cooperate  most  cordially  with  ps,  and  I  cannot  help  but 
think  that  our  agitation  when  I  was  in 
‘than  less  of  the  character  of  a  tempest) 

'time  I  do  not  believe  we  would  have  beep  able  to  make  suoh  satis-; 
"factory  arrangements  had  we  been  any  less  firm.  It  is  a  oas'o 
“All's  well  that  ends  well. 

'ill  bo  placed  in  this  square 

Jhioago  partook  rather  more 
in  a  tea  pot.  At  the  sahib 

T.  R.  Lombard,  Esq. 

v.  9,  : 

Lieutenant  Spenoer  is  desirous  of  cooperating  with  us  to  the 
fullest  possible  extent,  and  my  belief  £s  that  when  X  next  visit 
Chicago  I  will  find  you  and  Sponger  as  thick  as  thieves.  X 
myself  was  moBt  pleasantly  disappointed^ in  him,  and  all  you  have 
to  do  is  to  exercise  your  naturally  fascinating  talents  in  order 
to  set  anything  you  want.  The  control  of  the  details  pertaining 
to  the  Edison  exhibit  has  been  plaoed  in  the  hands  of  a  Committoe, 
consisting  of  i 

Thos.  R.  Lombard  j 

'  '  '  ''  '  f 

Luther  Stieringer  j 
Lieut .  Spenoer  ? 

A.  0.  Tate. 


Thla>  of  course ,  means  that  you,  Spencer  and  Stieringer  will 
run  the  business.  I  am  writing  a  lettej*  to-night  to  Hornsby  which 
I  believe  will  secure  for  you  that  official  appointment  on  the 
staff,  and  it  eeems  to  me  that  you  willj now  have  everything  your 
'own  way .  ; 

I  want  to  say  a  word  to  you  in  regard  to  Stieringer.  He  1b  a 
man  who  has  had  a  vast  amount  of  experience  in  matters  of  this 
kind  and  is  now  in  the  employ  of  the  Exposition  Company  as  an  ”',t 
expert.  You  can  get  him  to  do  anything  you  wish  if  you  simply’"'" 
give  him  the  idea  that  he  is  oarrying  out  his  own  intentions.  I 
have  requested  him  to  prepare  a  plan  for  the  equipment  of  our  ' 

T.  H.  Lombard,  Esq. 

^ov.  9,  1392. 


space  and  to  submit  it  to  the  Conraittoe;  which  means  that  he  will 
"consult  you  with  regard  to  it.  The  idea  is  that  we  will  erect  a 
booth  in  the  centre  of  our  space,  for  the  purpose  of  showing  the 
finer  selections  on  the  phonograph.  Wajigemann  will  have  special 
charge  of  this  part  of  our  exhibit.  Byl  the  way,  X  have  not  got 
hold  of  Wangemann  yet,  but  have  written] him  to  meet  me  to-morrow 
afternoon.  The  General  Company  are  going  to  make  their  exhibit 
'of  candelabra  lamps  in  our  space  -  that] is  to  say  they  will  pro¬ 
vide  all  of  our  decorative  effects,  andjwe  will  have  an  exhibit 
that  will  bo  simply  magnificent.  They  undertake  to  pay  the  whole 
of  the  expenses  connected  with  Mr.  Edisjm's  personal  exhibit,  out¬ 
side  of  the  phonograph  and  the  exhibit  j>f  the  Edison  Manufacturing 

Company.  This  means  considerable  money]  in  our  pocket b. 

I  am  sending  you  a  letter  of  introduction  to  Lieut.  Spencer,  . 
and  I  want  you  to  establish  friendly  relations  with  him.  I.  feel  ‘ 

“satisfied  that  you  will  be  most  pleasani 
"you  meet  him.  You  of  course  understand) 
very  positive,  but  all  you  have  to  do  ij 
you  can  get  what  you  want.  In  any  evenf 

the  case  of  friction  I  i 

ply  disappointed  xikh  when 
that  he  is  inclined  to  be” 

i  to  be  equally  firm  and  . 

i  always  remember  that  in 

settle  everything  here,  because  the  r 

-t  of  the  Gen'l.  Elec.  Co.. 

who  has  the  actual  control  of  tls  exhibit 

will  accede  to  any  request  which  I  may  jnake.  I  made  these  people 
understand  fully  to-day  that  you  were  oju-  representative  in  Chicago 
and  I  will  see  that  you  get  ekery  benefit  from  this  position.  I^do 

T.  R.  Lombard. 

Nov.  9,  1892. 

"riot  know.  Mr.  Hornsby's  initials.  X  therefore  wish  you  would  " 
properly  address  the  enolosed  letter  to]  him,  and  would  surest 
that  you  present  it  in  person  and  settle  then  and  there  the  quest¬ 
ion  of  your  appointment,  whioh  is  important  in  more  ways  than  one. 

Yours  very  truljr, 

Thomas  R.  Lombard,  Esq. , 

Ohioago,  Ills. 

November  9,  1892. 

1  ■ 


My  doar  Mr.  Hornsby,-  j 

It  is  vory  gratifying  for  me  to  state  that 
I  have  settled  everything  amicably  with.]  the  Goneral  Electric  Co. , 
and  that  so  far  as  we  are  concerned  there  i3  no  reason  why  you 
should  further  withhold  the  allotment  of  their  space.  They  have 
'"agreed  to  place  Section  No.  22  at  Mr.  Edison's  disposition,  for  ~ 
his  personal  exhibit,  and  we  are  combining  our  efforts  to  make 
this  worthy  not  only  of  the  man,  but  off  the  nation  which  he  repre¬ 
sents  .  I  have  established  a  most  thorough  understanding  and  the"' 
most  cordial  relations  with  the  representatives  of  the  General 
Electric  Company,  whioh  is  a  condition j;hat  I  am  3ure  will  bring 
you  great  relief. 

Mr.  Edison  has  asked  me  to  express  to  you  and  to  Gen’l.  Davis 
his  great  appreciation  of  the  ooufteBle i  and  support  whioh  you  " 

extended  to  him,  and  desires  me  to  say  further  that  if  you  can 


conveniently  place  Mr.  Lombard  in  an  official  oapaoity  where  he 
can  with  greater  facility  cooperate  witji  yourself  in  establishing 
this  exhibit  he  will  appreciate  your  aotion  very  highly. 

Yours  truly, 

4  - 

I November  9,  1892. 

Lieut .  Spencer,  f 


Chicago,  Illinois.  :S 



tty  dear  Sir:-  ;? 



Permit  me  to  introduce  t|>  you  Mr.  Thomas  R. 
Lombard,  who  represents  our  interests  a|  the  Columbian  Expo¬ 
sition,  and  who  is  a  member  of  the  Conni^ttee  named  at  our 
meeting  to-day.  Mr.  Edison  and  myself  Jrill  appreciate  very 
highly  any  courtesies  which  you  can  extend  to  Mr.  Lombard  and 
assistance  which  you  oan  render  him. in  lurthering  our  mutual 

'interests.  ,3 


Yours  very  truly, 


;[  Private  Secretary. 




November  9,  1892, 

My  dear  Stieringor,-  ! 


Allow  me  to  introduce  to  you  Mr.  Thomas  R. 
Lombard,  who  represents  our  interests  ij,  Chicago.  I  have  written 
’Mr.  Lombard  as  fully  as  I  can  in  regard]  to  the  meeting  which  we 
Had  to-day  at  the  offices  of  the  GenerajL  Klectric  Company,  and 

“  Have  told  him  that  you  would  explain  al .  the  details  which  I  . 

necessarily  omitted.  Mr.  Lombard’s  idem  in  regard  to  this  ex¬ 
hibit  are  identical  with  those  entertained  by  you  and  myself, 
namely,  that  everything  should  be  done  |o  place  Mr.  Edison  in  the 
’"most  creditable  light  before  the  world  .  md  his  wife  who  will 
visit  Chicago  next  year.  I  have  also  Explained  to  Mr.  Lombard 
that  you  are  preparing  plans  for  the  sp&ce  alloted  to  Mr.  Edison, 
the  details  of  which  you  will  discuss  with  him.  Anything  that  is 
'settled  between  you  will  be  perfectly  satisfactory  to  me. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

"Luther  Stieringor,  Esq. 


12,  9a. 

My  dea  r  Greene, - 

X  have  your  latter  of  10th  instant,  jn  mfrard 
to  exhibiting  one  of  the  original  -Jumbos"  at  the  r/orld’s  Fair, 
M-.  Edison  will,  1  am  sure,  be  very  rfad  to  do  anythin-,  h*  can 
to  procure  these  machines  from  the  New  York  Illuminating  Company. 
I  have  addressed  a  letter  to  Mr.  Fowkar  which  I  win  hav0  UPm,  .. 
'Edison  siwn.  I  trill  forward  you  a  copy  of  it. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

S.  D.  Greene,  Esq., 

Gen'l.  Electric  Company,  Hew  York, 


(aJov  (  ^  -  fn.IV 

Nov.  14, 

ns  a. 

r.  R  d  i  s  o  n 

The  World's  T«’air  opens  on  the  1st  of  way 
’■irtxt.  In  o rder  that  there  may  bs  no  delay  in  placing  iCirwto- 
""tiplis,  would  it  not  bo  well  to  take  this  matter  in  hand  at 
once?  Wo  v/i  11  have  to  have  a  rood  many  “records”  for  theso 
machines.  I  am  not  familiar  enough  with  the  instrument  to 
know  whether  there  is  rain*  to  bs  any  trouble  in  ye* tin*  those, 
but  it  scorns  to  me  we  ourtfit  to  start  at  once.  l  r/iah  ws  could 
"«t  the  Christmas  Pantomimes  which  aro  riven  in  London  each 
year.  would  thi3  be  feasible? 

Tho  Kciison  . ,  ?.'.illin«r  Co.,  Ltd., 

How  York  city. 

Nov.  I  t,  18 9 K. 

"Dear  sir:-  ■  •  • 

Your  letter  of  9th  instant  i„  regard  to  the  election 
of  nv.  Tate  to  the  board  of  t!s  Ore  Milling  Co.,  in  place  of  ar. 

'  Tnsnll-  resigned,  i8  received.  The  change  can  be  made  ay  soon  as 
you  are  able  to  <.;et  a  quorum. 

Yours  truly. 


Nov.  I  t,  339 

I  snelose  herewith  a  lsttar -from  Mr. 
CT>-<sene,  in  regard  to  exhibitin';  on;  of  the  original  "Jumbo" 
machines  at  the  World's  fair.  I  have  toJd  Mr.  Greene  that  I 
tiave  no  doubt  yon  will  ha  glad  to  do  anythin?  you  can  to  assist 
him  in  obtaininr  one  of  those  machines,  an  d  I  attach  aJ  sci  draft 
of  a  3 otter  to' Mr.  Powker,  Which'  if  you  approve  of  ,  kindly 

i-'iiv.  l  i,  in  3  a. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

I  rotunj  herewith  the  latter  which  acoompanied 
yorr  favor  of  30th  instant  addressed  to  hr.  ;’ais<m.  The  e>peri- 
ment  with  the  do p.t  to  which  your  correspondent  refers,  was  nad» 
v/ith  .ia"net3  stoaaily  excited  from  continuous  current-;  but 
oxporifoen t«  >.ero  tried  with  an  alternating  current  and  alternatin', S 
roa^n ot ism  throng  the  head  of  a  person. 

yours  truly. 

Privute  Secretary. 

tlesars.  hyer  "  Seely* 

?,o .  of)  ’”an  Street, 

'■lew  York  City. 

Dear  3ira:- 

fy*  "dice);  hats  read  your  letter  of  9th  install t,  on 
the  subject  o  V  his  application  *i«.  913,  for  mi  leap  mvosient  in 
Klee  trie  ’bail cays,  ■vidoh  hi*»  been  allowod  by  the  rj.  a.  Patent 
o/l  ice.  In  '.’ey a i-d  to  patent  iut-  this  imp invariant  abroad,  Ur. 
Kdiaon  wishes  you  to  ask  Ur.  K  ■«.  Koll  if  „e  tJtin!ta  thu  Gen0ral 
Electric  Coup -my  -vould  ;-ain  anytldnn  by  filiny  applications' for 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Secrer.a  y'< 

To/  ft™ 

Mov.  17,  1392. 

'!  r,  ii  d  i  s  o  n 

I  enclose  herewith  a  latter  from  J.  w. 
■ackintosh,  President  of  Lhe  Kclison  Phonograph  Toy  Manufacturing 
Company.  This  ,,as  written  in.  response  to  a  .suggest  ion  which  I 
made  to  him  to  the  following  effect,  the  same  having  been  based 

n?dn  a  ’memorandum  which  you  sent  to  aa  oxp  res  Bing  your  views:  . . 

rirdt:  That  the  doll  parts  which  are  now  held  at  the  Phonograph 
Dorics  should  be  delivered  to  a  Trustee  and  sold  by  him  at  the  best 
price  available;  that  the  claim  of  the  Phonograph  vfarfcs,  for  the 
purpose  of  the  division  of  f)»se  proceeds,  be  eta  ted  at  JdO.QOO;' 
and  the  claim  of  the  Toy  Company  at  Jo,  000;  the  ssaiu  proceeds  to 
be  divided  proportionately.  Second:  That  all  litigation  should 
be  stopped;  and  Third,  that  the  differences  between  the  Works  and' 
"the  Toy  Company  should  bo' submitted  to  arbitration. 

Ydu  'will  see  that  Mr.  Mackintosh  declines  to  consider  this 
proposition,  which  in  my.  opinion  was  a  very  fair  one.  I  can  only 
say  that  so  far  as  any  adjustment  of  our  relations  with  this  Comp¬ 
any  outside  of  the  Courts  is  concerned,  I  have  exanstod  my 
sources  and  can  propose  nothing  new.-  1  fuel  convinced  that  it 
ill  be  absolutely  impossible  for  us  to  deal  with  them  unless  we 

;lrs  Prepared  to  make  sacrifices  which  would  not  only  bo  absolutely  . 
unjust,  but  humiliating.  Mackintosh  intends  to  stavt  in  under* 
ths  Ps-aphophorto  patents  to  make  speaking  dolls.  I  think  tho  bast 
thing  ve  can  do  is  to  let  him  no  ahead.  I  don't  believe  ho  will 
give  the  Toy  Company  the  benefit  oi’  any  contract  which  ha  may 
havo  with  the  Oraphoplione  people,  but  will  start  off  on  his  own 
account.  Is  there  any  tiling  further  which  you  can  suggest? 

Hov.  17,  IS 92. 

I  enclose!  herewith  a  letter  which  I  address od 
t.o  the  Bates  Company  in  regard  to  Simpson,  their  model  maker. 
Simpson  lives  in  Brooklyn  and  does  not  wish  to  move  to  Orange.  -- 
The  result  is  that  he  can  only  put  in  '13  hours  per  weak  at  t)*> 
Phonograph- v/o..ks,  which  is  about  ten  hours  short  of  our  regular 
time.  The  highest' price  flat,  we' pay  for  tool  .akers ‘such  as  he 
is  85  cents  per  hour.  Katas  wants  to  have  this  man  j.aiu  at  the 
vato  oi  .21,00  per  week.  If  iva  n ay  him  in  accordance  with  tlio 
mimbe'r  of  hours  he  puts  in,  we  have  got  to  raise  the  rate  to  about 
^.5' cents,  which  makes  it  pretty  expensive  for  the  Phonograph  V*s,, 
inasmuch  as  they  cannot  use  him  on  Hates'  work  more  than  u  small 
portion  of  the  time.  :,.y  letter  attached  explains  the  proposition 
which  I  made  to  Hates.  He  is  dissatisfied  with  it.  I  told  him 
that  I  would  make  no  other  arrangement  myself,  but  thafl  would 
refer  the  matter  to  Vou.  I  don’t  know  exactly  what  the  relations 
are  between  Bates  and  Simpson,  but  I  feel  pretty  sure  that  .Simpson 
was  promised  some  kind  of  an  interest  in  Kates'  business,  which 
is  one  of  this  reasons  for  Bates  being  so  anxious  to  retain  him. 

I  cannot,  however,  soe  why  the  Phonograph  Wks.  should  bo  obliged  to 

“Pay  the  Piper."  If  Simpson  is  really  valuable  to  the  Eato8  Co: 
any  they  can  afford  to  spend  ao, nothin*  to  vein  in  him..  I  win 
cal*"y  out  any  ins t motions  which  you  riva  ,na. 

Edmund  tv.  Van 3n tins,  Esq., 

Rnom  29  'To.  9 4  La  Salle  Street, 

Chicago,  Illinois, 

•  Deat>  Sir:- 

Please  pardon  the  delay  which  has  occurred  in  ra- 
plyins  to  your  latter  to  Mr.'  Edison  of  17th  ultimo.  It  became 
rn la l'aid  in  some  way  and  was  unearthed  only  to-day;  hence  tbs  --■■■ 

'In  compliance  with  your  request  I  take  pleasure  in' sending 
to  you  herewith  dome  data  in.  romci  to  Hr.  Raison's  life  which  • 
yrn  mhy.  fiml  "BOf,,r  in  connection  with  the  paper  you  have  been 
,s::od  to  Prepare.  I  also  send  to  yal  by  this  mail,  unuer  separat 
COV0r»  copy  of  a  llttle  book  which  was  published  in  connection- 
vdth  the  Edison  exhibit  at  the  Minneapolis  Exposition  of  looq,  • 
and  which  contains  a  brief  account  ol'  xxx  each  of  Mr.  Rui son's  in¬ 
ventions,  t  oretlier  with  a  short  description  of  his  Laboratory. 

7ou  nay  bo  able  to  compile  some  inibrnntion  from  this  for  incorpoi 
ation  in  you,- paper.  Please  return  the  biographical  data  vftm 
von  are  through  with  it,  and  trusting  tlat  it  .has  not  been  sent 
too  late  for  your  purpose  I  am,  yours  t,iOy,  Private  3oc ' 

Mr.  j.  v;,  Gladstone, 

Edison  Manufactuiing  Co., 
Maw  York. 

Hoar  Sir:- 

In  reply  to  youl,  letter  of  17th  inst.,  I  will  ar  range 
it  so  that  you  can  sell  physicians'  outfits  on  the  installment 
Plan.  To  do  this  it  is  necessary  that  we  should  have  a  Itorw  of 
contract.  I  an  going  into  this  matter  at  present  very  throughly 
m  connection  with  the  phonograph  business  and  will  be  able  to 
give  yen  such  a  form  in  the  near  future.  Meanwhile,  do  what  you 
can  on  our  present  basis.  As  soon  as  I  get  the  contracts  in 
sat  is factory  shape  we  will  decide  upon  the  amount  of  the  first 
payment  and  the  subsequent  installments. 


H  ^ 

Nov.  13, 


J .  v/.  0 ladatona, 

*1:  son  Mannfactu-inn  Company, 
Nov,-  York . 

Ds?."  Sir:- 

I  have  your  Jetton  of  17th  instant,  ,rivin"  ric  contain 
details  in  w».^n!  to  our  nay  Roll  at  Silva p  Lake  factory  ft>r  last 
week.  These  details  are  not  what  I  want.  Please  rive  me  the 
nano  of  each  employe  and-his  dirties.  I  do  not  think  that  I  can 
continue  Mr.  Condifs  services  at  the  Phonograph  Works.  It  was 
my  intention  when  our  stock  was  transferred  from  Silver  Lake.,  that 
Hooper  should  take  charge  of  tbs  finished  stock  room.  Our  force 
of  course  are  able  to  take  care  of  all  our  shipments,  and  as 
Hooper  has  nothin*  to  do  but  receive  «oods  and  *ivc  then  out,  he 
should  be  amply  able  to  take  care  of  all  this  class  of  work.  I 

will  look  into  the  matter. 

Yours  truly, 

Nov .  19, 


Dear  Miss  I)oak»- 

I  have  received  your  letter  of  16th  instant, 
and  regret  exceedingly  to  say  that  we  have  no  spooking  dolls.  The 
first  doll  which  was  made  was  unsatisfactory  and  v/e  discontinued 
its  manufacture,  and  a  new  one  has  not  ,et  made  its  appcamnco. 

Yours  t  ruly , 


Seers  tary. 

tliss  Annio  K.  hoak. 

No.  7  Lincoln  St., 

Springfield,  Mass, 

fiUui  w/io 

Nov.  21,  1392. 

M  r.  R  d  i  a  o  n 

Wal tar  Miller  spoke  to  n«  a  fsw  days  ago  in 
repard  to  a  new  cylinder  which  ha  has  made  for  takinp  masters.  It 
produces  better  results  in  every  way,  so  I  umuntand.  than  oar 
rermar  evlindar.  If  you  ara  satisfiad  that  this  statement  is 
correct,  the  M.  A.  D.  Co.  will  order  a  thousand  of  these  special 
cylinders.  w«  aro  startin'*  in  to  pet  our  records  for  the  World's 
Fair.  vs  estimate  that  it  will  ro quire  about  twenty  thousand 
records  to  put  us  through.  All  those  with  the  exception  of  a  • 
number  that  will  be  used  in  our  special  exhibit,  will  of  course 
bo  duplicates. 

Yours  truly, 

Nov.  22,  189 

Richard  M.  Dyer,  Ksa. , 

No.  33  Wall  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Kdison  doss  not  wish  any  more  of  his  patents 
issued  without  his  permission.  Some  of  the  patents  he  wants 
to  "soak,"  and  it  is  his  desire  that  you  consult  him  before 
taking  out  anymore  fron  the  Pat ent- Office. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 


Mov.  22,  1392. 

J.  I?.  Vail,  73aq., 

Edison  Cen'l.  731  oc  trie  Co., 

•  #44  Proad  31..,  How  York. 

hear  Sir:- 

Reply  to  your  1  it  tor  of  14th  instant  to  Mr.  Edison 
has  been  delayed  owin^  to  ),i3  -absence. 

,  Mr.  Raison  now  spends  most  of  his  tine  at  the  oB*sn  nine, 

"*  iS  hSra  OT>3y  °n  «ould  find  him  at  the  Laboratory 

on  any  Monday,  and  the  balance  of  the  week  at  Ofrden.  »«  will  be 
Rlad  to  see  you  at  oither  place. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Private  Sec’y. 

He^o  Po-rW- 

Hov.  22, 


Messrs.  Bat  on  ft  Lewis, 

#44  Broad  St rest, 
Mew  York. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

By  direction  of  Mr.  Edison  I  refer  to  you  the  en¬ 
closed  letter  received  by  him  from  the  Menlo  Park  Manufacture nr 
Company,  stating  that  the  building  at  Menlo  Park  in  which  tl.-e  ' 
electric  motor  is  stored,  has  been  broken  into,  and  some  stuff 
taken  away. 

-»  Mat. 

Yours  truly, 


ICS-  ?*? 

Nov.  22, 


Kossrs.  fiyer  v  Scaly, 

Ho.  30  W  j*  1  i  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

wlr.  Edison  has  mad  your  latter  of  ISth  instant  in 
P"Bttm  t0  cla™3  1  921(3  2  111  his  application  929  on  Apparatus  far 
taking  Photographs  for  Kinetoacopea,  which  claims  have  been  re¬ 
jected  by  the  Examiner.  Hr.  Edison  wishes  you  to  initom  him  how 
much  it  would  cost  to  take  an  appeal  frem  this  docision. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 


Nov.  Ji2,  1392. 

York  city. 

Dear  Sir:- 

R«l-4!-rinn  to  you r  letter  to  Mr.  Edison  of  lath  inatant, 
T  ”Cr3t  t0  3ay  that  h°  C0UW  n()t  bo  rivalled  upon  to  comply  with 
your  «q»08t.  He  is  now  very  busily  occupied  and  has  absolutely 
no  time  in  which  h3  could  perform  any  literary  work. 

“,Vh'5n  T’ra  a11  coUsd  UP  with  rheumatism  and  can't  wort, 
then  I  may  do  such  things,.  is  the  way  Mr.  Edison  puts  it  him- 
sel  f . 

Private  Secretary. 

■>  C«-J  -  (U  C.| 

Nov  • 

2E,  1892. 

R.  R.  Powker,  K3q. , 

The  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co., 
Mew  York  City. 

My  dear  Sir:- 

Mr.l?dison  is  nmoh  obliged  for  ycur  very  kina 
letter  of  15th  instant,  in  regard  to  the  historic  "Jumbo,  “  the 
loan  of  which  he  desires  for  exhibition  at  Chicago.  lie  notes 
”fith  P3s!,s”re  t>at'  bo  able  to  comply  with  his  revest. 

Yonro  very  truly, 

Private  Secretary. 

TR £'  'D^L r,b 

Hov.  2d, 


Rua  Diaeou-uho,  Mo.  ;ji,  1st  Slf.c«*, 
Pavia,  f'vance. 


.Viv,  Raison  duly  received  your  latter  of  a 3th  of 
■utobev,  in  which  you  request  permission  to  da  di  cate  to  him  a 
Military  "arch  which  you  hava  composed.  X  taka  much  pleasure  in 
in  form?,  nr-  you  that  Hr,  Edison  accords  the  p emission  asked  for 
and  he  will  be  very  -lad  to  receive  from  you  a  copy  of  the  compo¬ 
sition  when  it  is  published. 

Yours  respectfully. 

Private  Secretary. 

*Pho>-ms  T’.”.”b;y, 

?’o.  ,;o  ••j.tst  ’Usi  3.»> 

row  Yoii; 

Dea'1  ;ii  r:- 

Yor.r  letter  of  23ra  instant  addressed  to  i.i*.  Edison 
has  cans  to  liana  in  his  absence. 

In  rsga nl  to  the  subject  natter  0±-  your  co s.rinieation,  I 
ren-nar,  to  say  that  Mr.  Edison  would  be  unable  to  do'  anything  for 
tha  relief  of  your  father’s  deafness.  It  has  occurred  to 
that  perhaps  'your  letter  was  suggested  by  a  parasol  of  tlio  nev/u- 
papsr  articles  which  have  appeared  recently  relative  to  the  utili¬ 
zation  of  the  phonograph  as  a  cure  for  deafness.  If  so  I  bar 
to  inform  yon  that  Mr.  Edison  has  not  investigated  this  subject, 
and  has  no  knowledge,  coni’ i rina to ry  or  otherwise,  of  tbs  experi¬ 
ments  said  to  have  been  conducted  by  certain  physicians  in  the 
direction  indicated,  other  than  that  gleaned  from  the  press. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary 

Hon.  John  W.  Poster,  Secretary  of  State, 

Department  oi’  State,  WaaH$DJcton,  D.  C. 


I  beg  to  acknowledge  the  rec'oipt  of  your  esteemod  favor 
under  date  15th  instant,  enclosing  two  communio  ations ,  one  from 
the  British  Minister  at  Washington,  and  the  other  from  His  Royal 
Highness,'  the  Prince  of  Wales,  both  referring  to  the  Medal  awarded 
to  me  by  the  Council  of  the  Society  of  Arts,  of  which  the  Prince 
of  Wales  is  ^resident.  The  Medal  has  also  been  received  by  me, 
and  1  beg  that  you  will  accept  my  thanks  for  your  courtesy  in 
forwarding  same. 

Yours  respectfully, 

Thomas  A.  Edi  son. 

r^E'^eP' U_3ir  Juliarj  Pauncefote, 

Eritish  Legation,  Washington,  D.  0. 

Da ar  Sir:- 

I  bee  to  acsknowl  edge  the  rec  eipt  of  the*  Albert  Medal 
which  was  awarded  to  me  by  tha  Council  of  the  Society  of  Arts,  also 
the  coimiunication which  His  .Soya*  Highness,  the  Prince  of  Wales, 
as  President  of  1  Society,  addressed  to  mo,  and  your  own  kind- 
letter  of  15th  instant,  all  of  which  were  transmitted  to  me  by 
the  State  Department  at  Washington,  in  accordance  with  your  wishes. 
The  honor  conferred  upon  me  by  the  Society  of  Arts  is  one  for 
which  I  have  the  highest  appreciation,  and  the  kind  expressions 
concer ’ling  myself  contained  in  the  letter  of  its  distinguished 
President  are  to  me  most  gratifying. 

I  enclose  herewith  a  letter  of  acknowledgement  addressed  to 
r*faT1‘?“"r »  the  Prince  of  Wales,  which  I  beg  you  will  be 
'^SSMfho  transmit  to  him,  and  please  accept  for  yourself 
my  sincere  thanks  for  your  kind  offices  in  the  matter. 

Yours  respectfully, 

Thomas  A .  13di  se  n. 

TAB-  M I-  DAl. 

Orange,  M.  j.  ]]ov .  28,' 


His  Royal  Highness,  the  Prince  of  Wales, 

President,  .Society  of  Arts,  London,  'Bn, "land. 


I  have  received  the  Albert  Medal  which  was  awarded  to  ms 
by  the  Council  of  the  Society  of  Arts,  also  the  communication 
with  relation  thereto  that  you  did  me  the  honor  to  address  to  me 
and  for  which  1  bog  you  to  accept  my  <saa*r  sincere  thanks.  The  ’ 
honor  conferred  upon  ms  by  the  Society  of  Arts  has  caused  me  much 
gratification  and  I  appreciate  it  very  highly.  X  am  availing 
my  sell  of  the  good  offices  of  the  British  Minister  at  Washington 
to  transmit  this  note  to  you,  and  I  beg  to  remain,  with  much" 

Yours  vc.n-jr  sincerely, 

Thomas  A.  Edison. 

Nov.  X  -OH. 


Pleass  do  not  forKot  that  you  are  to  mako  a  slight  alterati 
in  thj  slot  device  that  is  used  on  the  Graphophons. 

If  the  regulators  on  tha  frraphophones  at  the  Works  are  more 
.desirable  for  u3o  on  our  T  phonographs,  you  can  take  such  number 
of  tlem  as  you  require. 

■Would  it  ho  feasible  for  us  to  make  a  tank  for  water  motors 
to  sell  with  ths  machine? 

A.  0,  TAT  K, 



Mr,  Edison,- 

Tho  model  or  the  Pan  .Motor  has  been  com- 
Plofced  and  is  very  satisfactory.  Will  you  please  anthoris'e  m 
to  put  an  order  in  t to  shop  for  500  of  these.  There  is  no  use 
in  our  building  a  smaller  number.  I  want  to  start  them  now,  be¬ 
cause  the  orders  for  the  sumner  trade  will  be  placed  during  Peb’y 
and  March.  The  work  can  bo  carried  alonff  without  unnecessary 
haste,  which  will  contribute  towards  economy. 

A.  0.  TATE. 


13  92. 

Messrs.  Dyer  ft  Seely, 

No.  ST,  Wall  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

Mr.  Edison  has  received  your  letter  of  25th  instant, 
in  which  you  inform  him  that  the  cost  of  an  appeal  in  his  appli¬ 
cation  929  would  be  $65.00.  He  now  wants  to  know  if  this  appli¬ 
cation  can't  be  "soaked*  for  a  while,  so  that  he  may  Bee  if  there 
is  any  monoy  in  the  device  before  incurring  additional  expense. 
Please  advise  him  on  this  point,  and  oblige 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Seicretary. 

0/  f  'i  f  tie 

Managsa1,  Advertising  Department, 

Harper  &  Brothers, 
Hew  York. 

•  Nov  •  29,  13  93 

Dear  Sir:- 

WUh  reference  to  your  letter  of  inquiry  concerning 
the  Worth  American  Phonograph  Company,  reply  to  which  has  been 
unavoidably  delayed  owing  to  my  absence,  I  beg  to  inibra  you 
that  in  accepting  the  order  of  the  Company  named  you  are  not 
assuming  anything  morn  than  a  fair  business  risk. 

Yours  truly, 



30,  1392. 

Ur.  .lohn  "rant,  Operator, 

No.  1 9  !'i  Proa  away.  Me*  York  City. 

Bear  Sir:- 

In  reply  to  your  latter  of  inquiry  concerning  "Ore 
Killing"  stock,  and  "European  Light ”  stock,  Mr.  Kdison  has  di¬ 
rected  mo  to  infoun  you  that  owing  to  bad  business  management  by 
the  Managers  of  the  European  Li.<-ht  Company,  none  of  the  stock¬ 
holders  ever  roal ized  anything  on  their  stock;  that  tho  Ore  Milling 
Company,  however,  is  pickin,"  up  and  will  earn  a  great  deal  of  money 
shortly;  tlat  this  stock  is  now  selling  around  $20  a  share,  and 
you  could  probably  sell  at  ?13.  Mr.  Kdison  thinks,  however,  that 
you  had  bolter  hold  tbs  ore  milling  stock  ibr  a  year,  when  he  be¬ 
lieves  you  will  get  from  50  to  50  dollars  a  share  for  it,  aid  more 
if  you  hold  it  longer. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

Nov.  30,  1392, 

Gco/’i's  v,  Kunz,  Esq., 

1004  Garden  Street, 

Hoboken,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Replying  to  your  letter  of  15th  instant  addressed  to 
wr.  Raison,  I  hep;  to  inform  you  that  the  Edison  Exhibit  at  the 
World's  F&ir  will  be  mads  in  the  spaco  allotted  to  the  General 
Electric  Company,  in  the  Electrical  bn  tiding. 

This  reply  1ms  been  unavoidably  delayed  owing  to  Hr.  Edison's 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 


Char-leg  K.  Solos,  Ksq., 

v‘  °*  Fo*  r’l,  3t.  Clair,  Michigan. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  liaison  has  reoeiyea  your  lotion  or  mot  instant, 
in  rsnora  to  th.  installation  or  „  .l.afiio  lieht,w  Wmt  ln 
«nn  city,  ana  in  -.ply  airoot.d  «.  t„  y„u  ^  SM 

son  oral  B.otrtc  Company  oono  all  of  his  patent,  pertaining  to 
olootrio  light.  Tho  Company,  naaaa  also  controls  tho  Thomson. 
Houston  pat  on  to.  ir  tho  oontraot  in  station  i,  asardod  to  the 
Thomson- Kouston  Company,  yoar  city  .111  b„  ,0  Ar  „ 
am  coocsmod,  both  on  art  ana  inoanaoaoont  lamps,  ana  tho  e„- 
ootion  or  a  b„„a  soma  b„  nnn.eoos.oy.  With  ,h.  oth.o  oompam.,, 
a  bona  ahoma  b.  obtain.a  -  a  bona  o.cunoa  by  poiyato  inaiyiauals; 
others!,,  it  mioht  b.  ».  s.  Th.  ho.a  or  th.  tmmi 

trio  Co.  i,  in  ,h,  Mai  son  Hollaing,  #44  Broad  St.,  »0w  Wit. 

Mr.  Mi  son  i.  vary  „.oh  obligw  r„r  youo  lottos  ana  ha.  a.tad 
”  “  t"mk  ym  “•  »“«»  I  «o  «th  much  pleasure. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 


30,  139  9. 

The  Sebastian- May  Co., 

Sidney,  Ohio. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

Your  letter  or  inquiry  concerning  :ir.  15.  Lauste,.  of 
Hewark,  H.  .T.,  addressed  to -the  Edison  Gon’l.  Electric  Co.,  has 
besn  ralhrred  to  this  office  for  reply.  Mr.  Lauste  worked  in 
this  Laboratory  for  a  number  of  years.  Ho  is  a  skilled  mechanic. 
Fe  know  absolutely  nothing  about  his  financial  responsibility. 

Yours  truly, 



o,  189a. 

I  expect  that  tl 

'vj.11  bs  acted  upon  this  weak.  It  W{ 
on  Tuesday  last,  but  fcombawl  had 

'togmph  concession' 
ro  been  acted  upon 
";w  York  upon  that 

day  on  some  personal  fettsin 
the  latter  part  of  the  v.-cej 
showing  where  Kineto,-rap  hs 

J  °  ’  dnti  the  matter  was  post 
I  enclose  herewith  a  mer 
irc  t0  be  placed  at  the  T?aij 


Yours  truly, 



Mr,  Edison,- 

I  enclose  herewith  details  of  the  pay  ’.oil 
at  Silver  Lake  for  week  December  l3t,,  amounting  to  $116.97. 
On  the  distribution  sheet,  “B,  B.  “  means  Batary  Building,  and  "C. 
B, ,»  Chemical  Building.  I  think  I  can  force  this  pay  roll  down 
to  One  Hundred  Dollars,  but  I  don't  believe  no  r/ill  be  able  to  go 
bolow  that.  You  will  also  find  attached  to  these  paper’s  a 
Comparative  Ita  tenant.  of  the  Silver  Lake  pay  roll  for  jour  weeks 
from  November  10th  to  Jlocomber  1st. 

Yours  truly, 


Dec.  3,  92. 

Mr.  Randolph, - 

On  behalf  of  Mr.  Edison  I  subscribed 
TvnSHTY  DOH.ARS  to  the  Mew  Jersey  Industrial  Homo  for  the  Destitute 
Blind.  This  is  the  amount  we  have  usually  contributed  for  Mr. 
Edison.  Please  send  a  check.  I  believe  tbs  address  of  this  con¬ 
cern  is  at  Hewark. 

A.  0.  TATE. 

■  7>7 

Dec.  6,  13  92. 

Messrs.  Dyer  &  Seely, 

No,  36  Wall  Street, 

New  York  City. 

Boar  Sirs:- 

Mr.  Edison  has  received  your  letter  of  1st  instant, 
informing  him  that  his  application  No.  929,  on  Apparatus  for 
taking  Photographs  for  Kinetoacopas,  can  lie  in  the  office  until 
May  20th,  1894,  without  further  action,  if  he  so  desires,  it  iB 
his  wish  that  further  action  in  connection  with  the  said  appli¬ 
cation  be  deferred  until  the  date  indicated. 

Yours  truly, 

Private  Secretary. 

iff / 1  c ; 

Doc.  6,  1892, 

W.  J.  .Tanks,  Esq., 

Edison  Electric  bight  Company, 

Edison  Eldg.,  #4-2  Broad  St.,  New  Yoric. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  latter  of  2nd  instant  re  compound  wound  dynano, 
is  received.  Hr.  Olt  has  not.  time  to  search  for  the  infomation 
which  you  desire  to  obtain.  All  of  the  three  hundred  Lal»ratory 
T'°t°  Books  are  in  the  hands  of  Major  Eaton,  and  are  I  believe  in 
the  Produce  Building  Vaults.  We  have  some  note  hooka  here  winch 
you  can  look  over.  Hughes  should  r®iombsr  the  event,  aa  whan  we 
put  the  two  machines  together  we  had  a  circus:  one  machine  stopped 
and  run  the  other.  The  two  coil  wound  motor  is  now  at  Menlo  Park. 
Mr.  Ott  has  unearthed  the  original  photographs  of  the  car  motor 
as  it  stands  at  Menlo  Park  to-day.  These  photographs  were  made 
by  Carvalho,  #4  East  14th  St.,  Now  York. 

Yours  truly. 


I  s&cli/f'!  hc-rewitn  copy  of  the  report  which 
1  mads  i'j  the  Board  of  Directors  yesterday,  which  will  acquaint 
v  i.‘-h  all  <lm  has  been  done  in  the  territory  under  my  itnmeai- 
ate  juri  edict  ion.  ujj  to  date*  and  with  the  plans  which  have  been 
adopted  by  Mr.  tomba’d  and  myaelf  for  the  appointment  of  agents, 
t  hav ...  finei  out  thijivi.— -  ..-a  appointment  that  is  sent  you  here¬ 
with  as  in  tie  sage  <k  an  agent  who  is '  unable  to  purchase  phono- 
yruphs  snu  aippHes  Vi'om  tja  for  cash,  The  great  majority  of  our 
agents; will,  of  necdt.sityf  be -appointed  in  this  manner,  -as  it  is 
impossible,  except  in'*  few  class,  to  find  man  who  have  sufficient 
cap i til  to  invest.  I  t'hirik  bhat  this  report  will  give  you  a  very 
oldai/  idea  of  the  policy  whin  lias  boon  inaugurated.  Prom  the  re¬ 
marks  which  v/ere  made  a;!  the  Board  meeting  yesterday  it  appears 

that  the  idea  prevailedjwheriwe  started  this  business  that  we  were 
to  appoint  in  the  territory j.f  each  Company  a  general  agent  who 

.jrol  0  such,  territory,  and  who  was  to  pur- 

was  to  have  entire 
chase  phonographs  and  juppljbs  from 

i  cash  basis  for  himself 
and  the  sub-agencies.  jTheri  also  seemed  to  be  an  understanding,  or 
I  might  better  say  an  imprijision,  that  the  different.  Companies 

Titories  as  our  agents,  and  buy 

i  their 


je'spe  cii 

•  ••  i?.  manner  indicated  above,  I  do  not  know  what  gave 
1  *,':!v  >»:*wiJaaon.  It  vac  certainly  Kvsr  promulgated  by  me 

•' that  Tilth  probably  one  or  two  exceptions  t lie- ri 
it  «  !l  ^-ecal  company  trial  has  mads  a  success  of  its  bu- 
ll'e  ranagement  of  these  various  Companies  drifted  into 
anda  of  incompetent  and  irresponsible,  people,  chief  among 
v/erc  tn-  mechanics  whom  we  sent  out  from  the  Phonograph  Works 

as  'Expert- s  > ”  The  greatest  disaster  that,  could  befall,  us  would 
ee  to  appoint  any  one  of  those  Companies  as  an  Agent  of  the  Worth 
American  Phonograph  Company,  and  I  have  steadily  opposed  this 
course  -  My  policy  has  been  to  si 
oi bis  over 

3  direct  control  f 

and  the 

..»r  -  ...  tu  acl  aa  mSp(ium3  he tyreen 

purchasing  public,  and  in  pursuance  of  this  I  . . . 

General  Agents  in  any  territory  other  than  that  which  is  sparsely 
settled,  like  the  far  West  and  some  of  the  Southern  States.  Mr, 
Lombard  is  in  entire  accord  with  my  views  in  this  respect,  and  is 
carrying  out  the  same  policy  in  the  territory  west  of  the  Coast 
States.  Vo  might  just  as  well  try  to  float  new  Companies  as  to 
endeavor  to  obtain  Seneral  Agents  with  sufficient  capital  to  equip 
a  territory  like  Pennsylvania,  or  any  of  the  more  thickly  settled 
States.  The  plan  which  has  been  adopted  for  securing  represen¬ 
tation  is  as  inexpensive  aa  any  ttat  could  be  proposed.  It.  simply 
means  the  payment  of  the  travelling  expenses  and  salary  of  the  man 
whom  we  send  out  to  make  tie  appointments.  After  these,  appoint¬ 
ments  have  been  made  we  will  be  absolutely  sure 

that  we 

r rued;  but  if  we  wove  to  msJce  a  contract  with  a 
I,r> rmit  him  to  cover  a  Large  territory  we  would 


at  his  mercy,  and  the  loan  of  business  directly  and 
■la  mean  the  delay  of  ..ju.—t-rjl.;'  in  placing  the  phono- 
:-uc;neas  upon  the  level  to  which  it  i.--  entitled.  1  may  say 
1  Uf!  *  "‘!*  Boanlhas  approved  the  methods  which  haw  been  adopt¬ 
ed;  but  j.  (tee ire  to  obtain- a  square  expression  of  opinion  from  you 
and  a  complete  endorsement  ■  of  the  work  which  ia  being  conducted  by 
Mr.  Lombard  and  myself.  3!  believe  Mr.  Butler  handed  you  a  state¬ 
ment  >  day  or  two  ago,  showing  the  decrease  in  our  income  conse¬ 
quent  upon  the  transfer  to  us  of  the  territory  of  the  various 
iooal  companies  that  have  corns  into  the  new  deal.  This  shrinkage 
was  of  course  unavoidable,  and  the  problem  which  we  have  to  con¬ 
front  is  how  we  are  to  recoup  ourselves  in  the  shortest,  space  of 
time.  It  should  be  obvious  to  any  one  that  the  quickest  way  to  do 
this  is  to  obtain  the  largest  possible  number  of  outlets  for  the 
goods  which  we  have  to  sen.  We  will  doubtless  have  to  do  some 
close  financing  during  this  transition  period,  but  we  may  just  ao 
well  face  the  situation  now  and  get  through  with  it  than  to  prolong 
it  by  ill-advised  inactivity.  I  do  not  wish  to  convey  the  im¬ 
pression  that  there  is  any  opposition  whatever  to  the  policy  which 
Mr.  Lombard  and  i  are  carrying  out;  but  «  you  have  assumed  control 
of  the  North  American  Phonograph  Company  and  the  responsibility  for 
its  destiny,  we  wish  to  be  assurcl  that  we  have  your  approval  and 


sort-  which  wo  ax  doinfi. 

Youra  vary  truly, 


Thoms  A.  Edison,  F.eq. 


Deo.  9, 


F,  P.  Fish,  Esq., 

General  El  ictric  Company, 

#*14  Eroati  St.,  New  York  City. 

My 'dear  Mr.  Fish,- 

You  are  doubtless  aware  that  Mr.  Janes  A. 
Rusuell  has  for  soma  time  past  boon  sufferin';  from  a  vary  severe 
attack  of  rheumatism,  and  his  physical  condition  is  such  tlmt  it 
is  almost  impossible  for  him  to  move  about.  I  am  arranging  to 
have  him  sent  to  Hot  .Springs  for  treatment,  arid  I  will  be  indebted 
if  you  will  kindly  arrange  to  let  him  have  a  leave  of  absence  iter 
a  month  or  six  weeks. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Mr.  Walter  Miller, 

o/o  Edison  Manufacturing  Company, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Gladstone  has  sent  to  me  you r  letter  to  him  of  7th 
instant,  in  regard  to  the  drawing  of  a  foot  switch  which  was  given 
to  Higgins  to  make. 

Y/hilo  it  was  an  oversight  on  the  part  of  Mr.  Gladstone  not 
to  have  brought  this  matter  to  your  attention  first  in  a  formal 
manner,  the  incident  did  not  Justify  you  in  addressing  to  Mr. 
Gladstone  such  a  communication  aa  the  one  referred  to  above.  I 
am  quite  sure  that  he  ha3  no  desire  to  divest  you  of  any  of  the 
dignity  which  attaches  to  your  position,  but  you  cannot  yourself 
maintain  this  by  indulging  in  undignified  correspondence.  The 
measure  of  respect  which  yai  wish  to  exact  from  Mr.  Gladstone  you 
must  also  accord  to  him,  a  point  whioh  you  evidently  lost  sight  of 
at  the  time  your  letter  was  written.  I  have  requested  Mr.  Glad¬ 
stone  in  future  to  make  fomal  requisition  upon  you  fbr  anything 
that  he  requires  and  have  told  him  that  when  this  was  dono  there 
could  be  no  objection  on  your  part  to  hia  giving  such  necessary 

Walter  Miller.  -2-  Dec.  9,  1892, 

personal  instructions  as  circumstances  mif'ht  require.  Please 
bear  in  mind  that  the  principal  object  which  wa  have  in  view  is 
the  development  of  our  business. 

Yours  vary  truly, 

ptf  PC 



•T.  Adriance  Rush,  Msg., 

No.  10  Wall  Street, 

Maw  York  City. 

My  clear  Hr.  Buah,-  • 

Rcforr inp-to  the-  conversation  which  ««  had 
on  Friday  last  in  wiRorrl  to  the  reduction  of  the  Capital  Stock 
of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Company ,  I  bof;  to  state  that  I  will 
acquiesce  in  such  a  reduction  to  whatever  extent  way  be  deemed 
desirable  by  the  Beard  of  Directors  of  the  North  Am.  Phonograph 
Company . 

Yours  very  truly, 

cX  a  - 

I'  /  C. 

J*  V-  Gladstone,  RSq., 

Hdison  Manufacturing  Company, 

Now  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  Mve  received  your  letter  of  sth  in*  tarn,  enclosing 
a  oomnunioation  under  date  7r.n  infit,„t 

h  lnstant  ««»ved  by  you  from  Walter 

«,»  y„  th„  rmMa  mas  by  Hr. 

“  “  -  —  **-  *.  Proper  thin,  ftr'  ' 

7”  *°  *  "  t0  i'!n0-  *”*  ,lth  ' 

22  r to  ttat  ""“r”  °f  r”“p"!t' if  y°u  h,d  ^  “ 

objection  whatever  to  your  main*,,. 

u.  .  mSklng  any  noeosaary  explanations  to 

-«.r  *.oh  ,  «...  .UUr.,,,*  „  „r.  aui.r  m  tM< 

Youra  truly. 

w.  J.  ,\rk ell ,  Esq.,  Treasurer, 

Wo.  906  Temple  Court,  Wow  York. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  take  much  pleasure  in  sending  to  you  herewith 
Mr.  Edison's  check  for  one  thousand  dollars  (-$1,000.00),  th 
amount  of  his  subscription  to  the  Building  hmd  of  the  Hew 
York  Press  Club.  Please  acknowledge  receipt  of  same,  and 
obi ige 

Yeurs  truly. 

Private  Secretary. 

(?•  /'*- 


12,  1892. 

A.  0.  Tate,  Esq.,  Vice-President, 

North  American  Phonograph  Company, 
How  York  City. 

Dear  :>ir:- 

I  have  received  your  letter  of  9th  instant,  containing 
a  proposition  that  the  North  American  Phonograph  Company  should 
account  to  the  Trust  for  one-third  of  the  total  number  of  machines 
acid  during  any  one  month  at  ninety  dollars  each,  this  price  of 
ninety  dollars  to  be  in  no  way  affected  by  the  actual  prices  which 
may  be  obtained  for  phonographs.  X  see  very  clearly  the  necessity 
for  this  arrangement,  and  on  behalf  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works 
I  will  assent  to  it. 

Yours  very  truly, 

A,  0.  Tate,  75sq. ,  Vica-T)r3sident, 

North  American  Phonograph  Company, 
How  York  City. 

Hoar  Sir:- 

In  reply  to  your  letter  of  7th  instant,  cnclosinc  copy 
of  Your  P-port  to  the  Board  of  Birectors,  and  asking  me  to  express 
myS9lf  as  to  the  policy  of  the  North  American  Phonograph  Company 

Whl°h  18  b**«  Car,,i0ti  OUt  «"*•*■  «•  direction  of  Mr.  Lombard  am 
yourself,  i  bef?  to  oay  that  this  has  my  full  approval. 

Yours  very  truly. 

IM  re. 

December  14,  1892. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison, - 

Have  you  any  objection  to  letting  Maguire 
work  with  mo,  giving  suoh  time  as  he  can  spare  from  Laboratory 
work.  As  you  know,  I  have  a  very  largo  amount  of  detail  work 
to  handle  and  it  is  absolutely  neeessary  for  me  to  have  3ome  one 
to  assist  me.  Maguire  has  been  with  us  so  long  that  he  under-* 
stands  thoroughly  the  ramifications  of  your  business,  and  T  can 
got  through  more  work  with  him  in  an  hour  than  I  could  in  a  week 
with  a  fresh  man.  You  are  paying  him  twenty-five  dollars  per 
week.  If  you  will  assent  to  thiB  arrangement,  you  can  pay  him 
$12.50  per  week  and  T  will'  have  the  North  American  Co.  pay  tlie 
balance.  This  will  not  in  any  way  interfere  with  your  work  - 
in  fact  it  will  facilitate  it,  because  Maguire  will  be  able  to 
use  the  phonograph,  and  wo  have  boys  who  run  the  typewriter.  It. 
is  a  wasto  of  Maguifo's  time  to  have  him  pounding  tho  typewriter. 
'T  want  to  make  useful  tho  knowledge  which  he  has  acquired  in  our  . 

Yours  very  truly, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 


Dec  •  14, 

Riel  sard  u.  Myer,  Esq., 

No.  ">2  V "OSP Oct  ;:t.  , 

1233 1  OT.rgc,  ”.  .T. 

My  dear  Mr.  pyur, - 

I  enclose  herewith  copy  of  an  agreement  which 
io  being  made  between  noma  people  in  England  unci  tlie  Edison  United 
Phonograph  Company,  together  with  draft  of  an  agreement  between 
the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Co.  and  others  and  t lift  Edison  Phono¬ 
graph  Works.'  Under  certain  other  agreements  executed  in  March, 
3300,  the  Edison  Phonograph  %1'ks  possess  the  manufacturing  rights 
for  phonographs  and  supplies  throughout  the  whole  wrlil.  The 
English  Company  or  Syndicate,  as  you  will  observe,  are  given  the 
right  to  manufacture  in  the  agreement  herewith.  It  the  refer a 
becomes  nscesoary  for  the  Edison  United  Phonograph  Co.  to  obtain 
these  rights  from,  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works  in  erdor  that  they 
may  transfer  them.  They  have  agreed  to  give  the  Works  twenty- two 
and  a  half  par  cent  of  the  purchase  price  received  by  tlam  for 
Ct.  Britain.  Yon  will  find  the  terms  of  purchase  stated  in  the 
contract,  and  referring  to  the  amount  of  twenty-three  thousand 
pounds  Which  ia  to  be  paid  to  the  United  Company  out  of  the  first 

proceeds  from  nickcl-slot  machines,  Would  tln>  Works  under  the 
agreement,  draft  of  which  is  enclosed,  bo  entitled  to  receive 

R.  N.  Dyer,  Esq.  -3-  Dec.  24,  92. 

twenty-two  and  one-half  pen  cent  of  this  amount,  or  would  their 
interest  ho  limited  to  22  1/eX  of  the  Forty  thousand  pounds  and 
a  like  interest  in  the  common  shares?  My  understanding  is  that 
the  23,000  pounds  is  a  part  of  the  purchase  price.  You  will  find 
sorno  notes  by  Mr.  Edison,  in  rad  pencil,  in  the  draft.  I  want  to 
know  if  under  the  second  clause  the  United  Company  could  declined  to 
allow  the  "forks  to  participate  in  the  23,000  pounds  named.  Will* 
you  kindly  rive  this  matter  your  immediate  attention.  I  expect 
that  a  Foard  mooting  will  be  called,  to-morrow  or  next  day  at  which 
both  of  these  agreements  will  he  presented  for  execution  and  we 
want  your  advice  before  hand. 

Yours  vary  truly, 

Private  Secretary. 

Messrs.  by  or  %  Sssly 

•  Zr'  ’’■'•a 3  Street, 

Mow  York  City 

Bear  iji rg 

^»ferri^  to  your  better  of  7th  inst 

te  :ir.  ‘Connelly'*  plication  Mo.  3575  on  a  3fcati 

which  has  iy*-»n  ai  1 

n  ullrwad  by  the  Patent  Office,  ”r. 

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ni..  inrtai*atandirv5  aTx'iit  this;  that 

h5V”  tan  *•  «»  “’»»«  n.otrio  0WW, 

rm.ra.mir.  I  Mm  Mmiit  !h.  fom  or  mi,,, 
cnroaiod  i„t„.  n,  vnunu,  *TOW  bB 
Mr.  Bdison. 

Yours  truly. 

Doe.  16,  1892. 

it  should  not 
1  but  to  him 
*ont  which  ac- 
assi^ned  to 

Private  Secretary. 

Dec.  Id,  139  2. 

tir.  Hen ry  C.  hemming. 

Vo.  17  North  Third  Street, 

heat*  sir:- 

H"‘  Bciison  has  read  your  letter  of  >th  instant,  in 
regard  to  the  purchase  of  a  mineral  property  in  Bracket  Township , 
McDowell  Co.,  North  Carolina,  and  in  reply  directs  ,a8  to  say  to 
you  that  he  has  been  pretty  well  over  the  South  personally  and  is 
afraid  to  r.o  into  anythin';  in  tint  region. 

Thanking  yon  for  your  letter 

'I  am,  y t»iira  truly, 

Private  Secretary 

Dec.  15, 


Park  Pen jam in,  Esq., 

Ho.  32  t,  a  r.  k  t,  i  a  0  c 
Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir 

In  answer  to  the  question 


«*h  instant,  he  says  that  a  Cyclopaedia  of  Elec 
f(I?u |^?.S8?. iPfflPfe B  V Sto»*  tlia* tynsf ivtf 4p  e'r  Cc^rit  ^  »<? f  ?fh6’  \,$f 3 ,^0 
need  it,  are  #0 

$^V^-ll8h;  the  mathematical  proofs  con  he  kept  in  the  Aster 

J;su  0t$  c'lf :>  ‘ 

Yours  very  truly, 
W«*  ■?$  to  a  -  K  t.  3  »  «  o  ‘ 

■  eSt.jc  iisif.tsmJTU*  ijad* * 

doc*  ja*  j-ans* 

Private  Secretary. 

»xp  eririent  Mth  it.  The  barrel  should  bo  attorosaod  to  iae,  c/o 
^ho  v..  ,T.  ft  wenn'u.  Conoentratin?;  *fes.,  Edison,  ansa  ox  Co.,  tf. 

Yours  truly, 

~os  -  A<*«|oy<K 

Deo.  26, 


J.  S.  Will  ioon,  Esq.,  Editor, 

The  Globe,  Toronto,  Canada. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Edison  duly  received  your  letter  of  10th  instant, 
in  which  you  ask  his  opinion  as  to  the  practicability  of  trans¬ 
mitting  to  the  City  of  Toronto  power  generated  at  Niagara  Palls 
by  means  of  a  cable  across  the  Lake,  and  in  reply  he  has  directed 
me  to  say  to  you  that  the  laying  of  a  power  cable  under  water  is 
the  only  practicable  method  of  accomplishing  what  you  desire,  idr 
the  reason  that  an  aerial  line  would  be  affected  by  lightning. 

Mr.  Edison  says  further  that  it  i3  perfectly  practical  to  convey 
twenty  or  thirty  thousand  horse  power  to  Toronto  from  Niagara  by 
submarine  cable.  The  following  questions  occur  to  him,  however, 
in  this  connection:  1.  Would  not  such  a  cable  as  the  one  pro¬ 
posed  be  liable  to  be  disturbed  by  ship  anchors?  2.  Is  the 
project  commercial,  and  if  effected  could  it  compete  with  a 
quadruple  expansion  engine,  with  automatically  stoked  boilers, 
situated  in  Toronto  itself?  Mr.  Edison’s  impression  is  that  the 

last  named  method  would  be  the  mopd.  commercial,  notwithstanding 
the  high  price  of  coal  in  Toronto. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Private  Secretary. 

Thomas  Parr,  Ksq.,  ^resident, 

Vo  nark  St -out  Vail way  Comp  sriy, 
Meitark,  T.  .T. 

Dee.  :i'6,  3,592. 

Dear  Sir:- 

’Vi33  you  kindly  give  us  permission  to  -oeounaot  the 
wit*a  from  our  Palvanomnor  Room  to  your  trolley  1 1  na .  vie  are 
conducting  some  exp  eriments  on  volt  motors  and  your  systam  fur¬ 
nishes  US  with  an  opportunity  to  make  excellent  tests.  Those  are 
static  volt  meters  and  take  absolutely  no  currant  whatever.  Tha 
wire  above  referred  to  is  a  very  small  one.  If  yon  can  grant  ub 
this  permission  we  will  appreciate  your  courtesy  very  highly. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Dec.  23,  1892. 

Alfred  ' ! .  Mayer,  Esq., 

Mo.  938  Hudson  Street, 

Hoboken,  u,  j. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Kdi 30 n  has  received  your  letter  of  12th  instant, 
and  in  reply  directs  me  to  say  that  he  vrill  be  very  pleased  to 
loan  you  one  of  his  perfected  phonographs  and  such  other  appli¬ 
ances  as  you  may  require  in  the  work  upon  which  you  are  engaged 
and  to  which  you  refer  in  your  letter.  Mr.  Edison  suggests  that 
if  you  have  time  it.  might,  be  wall  for  you  to  call  and  Bee  our  Mr. 
Fallon  at  the  Phonograph  uv.rke,  Orange,  and  explain  to  him  just 
the  kind  of  an  instrument  y*  want.  The  1838  phonograph,  with 
double  spectacle,  Hr.  Edison  says  is  the  best,  for  experimenting 

Mr.  Edison's  absence  caused  the  dolay  which  has  occurred  in 
replying  t,0  your  letter. 

Yours  truly. 

Private  Secretaiy. 

Deco  24,  liilVK, 

fto  na*.  -mi rove  of  the  propostt ion.  *1  = 
ItaireAiet  fS-  7  to  Ballou* 

CDlea,..;.  on  'Tuesday  next  ft**  *o  not 
,,  wrtc  lombard  fcttr.  eat  out  under 




29,  1392. 

George  parsons  Lathrop,  Kaq . , 

Dew  London,  Conn. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mr.  Tate  is  at  presont  in  Chicago.  He  is  expected 
back  hare  in  about  two  v/eoks,  When  he  returns  your  letter  of 
2oth  instant  will  be  placed  before  him. 

7/4  £  "ftw.i'i  ~  f4s,iitov\ 


m,  a  W2, 

To  the  ’Mrsev, 

-5.  S.  «  15  n  s,  “  Month  Do-man  Lloyd  Line, 

Hoboken,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Please  deliver  to  the  bearer  the  package  for  Miss 
Edison  which  was  sent  in  your  care  by  Mrs.  J.  F.  Earl,  and  vary 
much  oblige 

Yours  truly, 


December  30,  1892. 

Richard  T7.  Dyer,  Esq., 

No.  ZC,  Wall  81, root, 
Row  York. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Referring  to  the  request  contained  in  your  letter  of 
30th  ultimo  addressed  to  Mr.  Tate,  for  copios  of  all  the  contracts 
between  the  Toy  Company,  Mr.  Edison,  the  Phonograph  Works  and  the 
north  Am.  Phonograph  Co.,  also  of  notices  purporting  to  termimta 
any  of  those  agreements,  I  bqj  to  hand  to  you  ha rend th  the  fol¬ 

lowing  papers: 

(1)  Agreement,  Edison  Phonograph  Co.  with  Edison  Phonograph 
Toy  Mfg.  Co.,  dated  August  oth,  1389. 

(2)  Agreement,  Thomas  A.  Edison  with  Edison  Phonograph  Toy 
Mf g.  Co.,  dated  August  6,  1889. 

(3)  Agreement,  North  Am.  Phonograph  Co.  with  Edison  Phono¬ 
graph  Toy  Mf g •  Co.,  dated  August  (>,  .1839. 

(4)  Agreement,  Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Mfg.  Co.  with  Thomas  A. 
Edison,  dated  August  6,  1389. 

(5)  Agreement,  Thomas  A.  Edison  with  Edison  Phonograph  Wks . , 
dated  March  11,  1890. 

( 6 )  Agreement  Waiving  Royalties,  T.  A.  Edison  with  Edison 
Phonograph  Toy  Mfg.  Co.,  dated  January  31,  1890. 

(7)  Agreement  Waiving  Royalties 
with  Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Mfg.  Co., 

,  North  Am.  Phonograph  Co. 
dated  January  31,  1890. 

R.  N.  Dyer,  Esq. 

Dec.  30,  1892. 

(8)  Agreement  Waiving  Royalties,  T.  A.  Edison  with  Edison 
Phonograph  Toy  Mfg.  Co.,  dated  April  30,  1890. 

...  Agreement  Waiving  Royalties,  North  Am.  Phonograph  Co. 

with  Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Mfg.  Co*  dated  April  30,  1390. 

(1°)  Agreement  Waiving  Royalties,  North  Am.  Phonograph  Co. 
with  Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Mfg.  Co.,  dated  September  29th,  1890. 

Messrs.  Eaton  lewis,  who  supplied  these  copies,  remark  with 
respect  to  the  last  named  document,  "We  do  not  find  snong  our 
papers  any  agreement  or  copy  of  agreement  waiving  royalties,  made 
between  Mr.  Edison  and  the  Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Mfg.  Co.  under 
the  sane  date  as  the  last  preceding  agreement  of  that  nature  be¬ 
tween  the  North  American  Phonograph  Co.  and  the  Edison  Phonograph 
Toy  Manufacturing  Company,  dated  September  29,  1890."  The 
writer  looked  for  such  a  document  among  the  papers  in  the  Labora- 
tory,  but  did  not  find  one. 

(11)  Agreement,  Thomas  A.  Edison  with  Edison  Phonograph  Co., 
with  Edison  Phonograph  Toy  Mfg.  Co.,  dated  July  1,  1839.  This 
ie  an  original  document,  but  you  will  notice  a  pencil  memorandum 
on  the  back  in  the  following  words:  "Void,  See  agreement  August 
6,  1889 . "  Messrs.  Eaton  &  lewis  say  that  they  presume  that  this 
agreement  must  have  been  superseded  by  those  of  August  6,  1889. 

(12)  Copy  of  Notice  by  Thomas  A.  Edison  to  Edison  Phonograph 
Toy  Manufacturing  Company,  dated  January  21,  1891,  terminating 
agreement  of  August  6,  1889. 

Kindly  acknowledge  receipt  and  oblige 

1892.  Edison,  T.A.  -  Unsolicited  Correspondence  -  Advice 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  suggesting  improvements 
in  Edison  s  inventions,  asking  him  for  advice  on  technical  matters,  or 
requesting  his  assistance  in  improving  or  promoting  an  invention. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  Most  of  the 
letters  selected  for  filming  received  a  significant  response  from  Edison. 

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1892.  Edison  Manufacturing  Company  -  General  (D-92-20) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  Included  is  a  circular  announcing 
an  improvement  in  the  Edison-Lalande  batteiy  and  a  consequent  revision  in 
the  discounts  offered  to  jobbers.  There  is  also  a  letter  assigning  the  company 
exclusive  sales  rights  to  a  socket  invented  by  Joseph  Hutchinson,  formerly  of 
the  Edison  General  Electric  Co.,  and  a  letter  concerning  proposed  changes  in 
the  bookkeeping  system.  Most  of  the  letters  are  addressed  to  Alfred  O.  Tate, 
general  manager.  Some  of  the  documents  may  be  partially  illegible  due  to 
faded  ink  or  water  damage. 

Approximately  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  Most  of 
the  unselected  documents  concern  the  payment  of  routine  bills.  Also  not 
selected  is  correspondence  regarding  storage  batteiy  experiments  conducted 
by  Victor  H.  Ernst  in  Jersey  City,  N.J.  In  addition,  nonsubstantive  letters 
regarding  shipments,  orders,  and  other  routine  business  matters  have  not  been 


*  edisonv  manufacturing  company 

hr.  ’(Jew  York 

,  Vfe  recently  effected  a  moat  important  alteration  in 
°  all  the  tjiea  of  the  Edison  Islands  batteries,  which  very  greatly 
increases  their  efficiency. 

tl"--**  ,  4.. .  ■  Thxs  imporvement  consists  of  a  hard  rubber  yoke,  to  the  middle 

of  which  is  attached  the  binding-post  for  zinc  plates.  The  ex- 

^  .  /tensions  of  the  yoke  fit  into  the  grooved  sides  of  frame  and  are 

.firmly  bolted  to  them.  This  prevents  any  movement  in  the  relative 
positions  of  the  elements  and  doss  away  with  the  necessity  of  using 
butt;ons  below  solution  to, prevent  any  internal  short-cir- 
■  ' ‘  iW"  o c cur r ing . 

**f  ^"V/hile  the  effect  of  this  change  has  been  to  inorease  the  cost 
:  \  ;;of  th^- /oells  and  necessitates  a  revision  of  our  discounts,  we  are 
V;irPle®sed  to  say  that  through  an  arrangement  recently  entered  into 
'■■■■  Edison  General  Electric  company,  we  are  able  to  offset  the 

'‘’apparent  disadvantage  which  this  change  involves. 

1  /  r«  append  a  list  of  the  Supply  stores  of  the  Edison  General  " 

|  ‘  fP^rio  Company,  and  beg  to  advise  you  that  in  the  near  future,  of 

r°u  v'ril1  receive  definite  advice  later  on,  full  supplies  of 
iWT'  5?°56  wil1  b0  acryi0{i  at  eaoh  of  these  depots,  from  the  nearest 

of  Which  your  orders  can  be  fillod.  Meanwhile  please  address  your 
orders  to  us  as  heretofore.  This  will  effect  a  large  saving  in 
freight  and  express  charges  and  will  also  enable'  you  to  obtain’ 
supplies  much  more  promptly  than  if  ordered  from  us  direct. 

jobbers  discounts  which  we  can  at  prosont  allow  on 

. tor  is  e  are  shown  on  the  annoxad  discount  sheet. 

*§irison  Genoral  Electric  Company  will  allow  tho  same  dis- 
'!  <■  ‘‘‘  our  Supply  House  customers  on  goods  delivered  from 

thoirujstipply  depots,  and -have  boon  duly  advised  of  the  names  of 
vhoso  with  trhom  w o  are  doing  business.  It  will  bo  observed  that 
the  change'. in  our  discounts  relates  only  to  colls  other  than  those 
manufactured  for  Electro  Medical  purposoe. 

_ .  Wo  confidently  boliovo  that  our  increasing  businoss  will  on-,  in  tho  near  future,  to  make  bettwr  terms  than  wo  are  able 
to- accord  at  this  timo,  and  wo  wish  to  assuro  our  friends  iii  tho 

♦v**®  Wil1  talc*  adv?,11^WJ  of  overy  facility  tending  to  this 
endj  both  m  processes  of  manufacture  and  othorwise. 

;  We 'thank  you  very  cordially  for  the  support  which  you  have 

•  given  us  in  the  past  and  trurt-tjqit  tho  pleasant  relations,  which 
ftavo  boon  established  between  ua,  may  bo  continued* 

Yours  truly, 



\  ■*>*.?(«>“. 'BUIIDING-BROAD  STREET 

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'  January  13th,  1892. 




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■  :  ^ndxos,  knivos  and  oloctrodes— at  50  % 

■  ,  (Sliding  Rheostat - -  30  4  5  «r 

'  -:t.i  .^.4alv®nlc>:l?araciic  &  Endoscpic.  Batteries—  at  30  &  35  * 

„er;  Outfits  with  switchboard  &  A  6b  0 

Cabinet  Galvlni.;  Outfits  withTeolls~ZIII"ZI=  ■!  30  t  t  i 

30  *  ^  , ; 

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September  29th.  IS 92'. 

A.  0.  Tate,  Manager, 

Edison  Manufacturing  Company* 

Dear  Sir: - 

Referring  to  our  verbal  understanding  as  to  terms  upon 
vhieh  your  Company  will  have  the  exclusive  right  to  sell  my  socket, 
X  beg  to  submit  the  following  as  comprising  all  the  terms  and  con¬ 
ditions  as  I  understand  them. 

FIRST.  I  give  to  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Company,  the  sole  and 
exclusive  right  to  sell  my  socket,  and  will  sell  through  no  other 
source'.  '• 

SECOND.  I  will  consign  to  your  Company  at  once,  a  stock  of  5,000 
sockets,  (This  to  relieve  you  of  carrying  stock  for  the  time  being, 
but  you  to  carry  your  own  stock  .after  the  first-  year. } 

THIRD.  All  sockets  sold  to  be  ordered  from  me,  and  paid  for  90 
days  from  delivery. 

FOURTH.  Your  Company  to  advertise  in  trade  papers,  solicit  orders 
through  your  canvassers,  and  exploit  the  business  actively. 

FIFTH.  I  will  bill  the  sockets  as  follows: 

Key  sockets,  12  cents  each. 

No  Key  sockets,  10  cents  each. 

SIXTH.  You  are  to  sell  not  less  than  100,000  sockets  the  first 
year,  200,000  sockets  the  second  year,  and  300,000  sockets  the 


third  year,  and  each  succeeding  year  during  the  continuance  of  this 

SEVENTH;  You  to  sell  at  any  price  you  may  elect,  so  long  as  you 
keep  the  sales  up/fc  o  the  guarantee  minimum  of  sales  as  above. 

If,  howver,  the  competition  in  the  business  becomes  so  strong  that 
there  is  less  than  a  selling  profit  of  20  %  to. you,  then  you  can 
demand  of  me  a  reduction  iri  the  price  to  such  an  amount  as  will 
give  you  a  profit  of  20  %.  That  is,  I  will  sell  to  you  at  such  a 
price  that  with  20/  added  for  your  profit,  will  bring  the  price  of 

the  socket  within  the  market  selling  price'.  So'  long,  however,  as 
less  than 

the  market  selling  price  is  not  above  the  price  paid  me,  you 
shall  not  be  entitled  to  any  reduction  of  above  amounts 
EIGHTH-.  Should  the  sales  amount  amount- to  less  than  the  guaranteed 
number,  as  provided  in  section  fifth,  then  I  am  to  have  the  right 
to  personally  take  charge  of  the  selling  in  your  company,  ahd  dir¬ 
ect  all  agents,  agencies,  clerks,  and  attaches,  to  -the  end  that  the 
selling  may  be  conducted  to  the  best  advantage.  In  case  occasion 
arrives  to  exercise  this  right,  and  I  do  so  exercise  -it ,  I  am  to 
have  no  right  to  draw  salary  for  such  service,  and  in  no  event  will 
I  expend  in  the  payment  of  clerks,  agents  or  other  expenses,  more 
than  one  half  the  gross  profits  acerueing  from  the  business. 

Should  the  average  monthly  sales  of  sockets  fall  below  the  monthly 
average  of  the  guaranteed  annual  sales,  for  three  consecutive  month 
I  wil  1  have  the  right-,  if  I  so  elect,  to  direct  the  salep  as 


/  -3- 

X  think  the  above  expresses  concisely,  our  agreement!. 

The  clause  giving  me  the  right  to  conduct  the  sales  without  pay, 
conveys  a  sentiment  which  I  cannot  rid  myself  of,  and  that  is  t o  be 
connected  with  the  name  of  Edison  in  business.  As  the  maximum 
guarantee  is  less  than  10..$  of  the  socket  business,  I  never  expect 
to  exercise  my  right  on  this  point,  but  I  will  expect  to  always 
keep  in  close  relationship  with  the  business,  and  give  you  nil  the 
help  in  my  power  in  all  directions. 

You  can  either  reduce  this  agreement  to  legal  form,  or 
have  a  letter  written  me  from  Mp.  Edison  signifying  that  this  meets 
his  approval,  and  we  can  considerthe  matterclosed. 


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Edison  Manufacturing  Company, 

0.  Tate,  Esq.,  General  Manager,’" 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir! 

Re  Note  of  the  Alabama  Phonograph  Co.  for  $205.06. 
Referring  to  your  inquiry  aa  to  the  present  status  in  regard  to 
the  collection  of  this  note,  we  beg  to  say  that  after  making  some 
effort  to  collect  the  same,  our  correspondent  at  Anniston,  Ala., 
informs  us  that  the  note  is  non-collectible  for  the  reason  that 

the  Alabama  Phonograph  Co.  is  a  corporation  and  has  no  property 
,  _  ,  In  fact,  our 

out  of  which  any  money  can  be .recovered. ^  correspondent  states 

that  the  company  has  quit  business  as  far  as  can  be  learned. 

We  would  suggest  that  perhaps  something  could  be  done 
towards  the  collection  of  this  note  by  suing  the  stockholders,  an, 
if  you  desire  we  will  ascertain  whether  any  substantial  benefit 
would  probably  accrue  by  making  an  attack  of  this  kind.  Our  reasc 
for  asking  specific  authority  for  this  is  because  of  the  expense 
which  would  probably  be  incurred  locally. 

Awaiting  your  further  instructions,  we/£2ain  ^ 

Very  truly  yours.  . L/  ^7 


DISON  building) 

.  October  27,  1892 . 

Edison  Manufacturing  Company, 

A.  0.  Tata,  Esq.,  General  Manager, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir; 

Referring  to  your  favor  of  the  24th  inst.,'  we  beg  to  re¬ 
turn  herewith  the  note  of  the  Alabama  Phonograph  Co.,  dated  Decem¬ 
ber  1st,  1891,  for  $205.06,  to  the  order  of  Edison  Manufacturing 
Co.,  payable  four  months  after  date. 

Will  you  kindly  acknowledge  receipt  and  oblige. 

Yours  very  truly. 

|  Received . O.C.T  ?:9. 189.2... 


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1892.  Electric  Light  -  General  (D-92-22) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  electric  lighting  and 
power.  Included  are  letters  pertaining  to  the  incandescent  lamp,  dynamos, 
engines,  and  static  volt  meters. 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed. 


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My  dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

^une  9  th,  18|2.  ,/t 

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At  the  request  of  Messrs.  L.^Aevy &  C.»  of 
this  city,  I  give  this  note  of  introduction  to  (llr.  L.  §»‘£johram, 
who,  I  understand,  desires  to  meet  you.^^^^not  aware, 'hoover, 
of  the  nature  of  his  business  that  he  has  in  jnind^  l\cornmend'  hiip 
to  you,  and  remain,  •y,  y  )v  a  y 

X~‘  A  £■  ■  A  ■* 

Yours  very  truly 

Thos .  A.  Edi son  Esq . , 
Orange,  N.  J. 

The  Gold  &  Stock  Telegraph  Company. 

GEORGE  8.  SCOTT,  Supt.  and  Electrician. 
CHAS.  S.  H.  SMALL,  Asst.  Superintendent. 

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apiiction  by  Monday  nsxt,  I  vrouJ a  lika  to  put  an  order  through 
for  a  hundred  of  each  type. 

A.  0.  TATE. 



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Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

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The  application  of  Mr.  Kennelly  No.  1575  on  a  static 
volt  meter  (the  needle  or  movable  member  of  which  consists  of  a 

Plate  with  arc-shaped  vanes  extending  from  it,  and  having  a  bifilar 
conducting  suspension)  has  been  allowed  by  the  Patent  Office. 

This  application  has  not  been  assigned,  but  as  it  is 
charged  to  the  General  Electric  Company  we  presume  that  it  should 
be  assigned  to  said  company,  and  enclose  a  blank  form  of  assignment 
for  execution  if,  in  fact,  it  is  desired  to  assign  the  application. 
If  the  application  is  to  be  assigned,  kindly  have  Mr.  Kennelly  sign 
the  instrument  enclosed  herewith  in  presence  of  one  witness,  and 
return  the  same  to  us  for  record. 

Yours  truly, 




LAW  OFFICES,  ...c.ltyi  ,«y.„y., 


n  ew  York . December.  17, . 1892. 

A.  0.  Tate,  Esq., 

Edison's  Laboratory, 
Orange,  N.  ,T. 

Dear  Sir:- 


In  view  of  your  comrrunication  of  the  10th,  we 
send  you  herewith  an  assignment  from  *'r .  Kennelly  to  Mr.  Edi¬ 
son  of  application  No.  1575  on  a  Static  Volt  Meter.  Kindly 
have  the  paper  signed  by  Mr.  Kennelly  in  the  presence  of  one 
witness  and  return  it  to  us  for  record. 



Yours  truly , 

1892.  Electric  Light  -  Edison  Electric  Light  Company  - 
General  (D-92-23) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence,  reports,  and  other  documents 
relating  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Electric  Light  Co.  Although  this 
company  became  part  of  the  Edison  General  Electric  Co.  on  August  1,  1890 
certain  business  operations  continued  under  the  former  name.  Many  of  the 
letters  are  by  Sherburne  B.  Eaton  or  his  law  firm,  and  pertain  to  the  filing  of 
the  company’s  annual  report  and  the  assignment  of  patents.  Also  included  is 
correspondence  from  W.  J.  Jenks  regarding  a  search  for  records  of  Edison’s 
experiments  on  the  compound-wound  dynamo.  Some  of  the  documents  may 
be  partially  illegible  due  to  water  damage  and  faded  ink. 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed  except  for  6  routine  letters 
business^  meet*n®  announcements>  dividend  payments,  and  other  company 


JAN  2  9  1892 

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New  York  City,  January  28,  1892, 

Dear  Mr,  Edison: 

The  Annual  Reports  of  the  light  Co.  will  probably 
be  sent  to  you  tomoi»ow  to  be  signed.  You  must  sign  it  tomorrow 
without  fail  or  you  will  be  personally  liable  for  the  debts  of  the 
Company.  .  No  greater  confusion  has  ever  existed  over  anything 
than  in  the  matter  o t  these  Annual  Reports  this  year.  Mr  Coster 
has  taken  especial  charge  of  the  matter.  The  new  law  is  exceed¬ 
ingly  troublesome  about  these  reports. 

The  final  decision  is  that  the  Directors  will  not 
file  a  report  in  the  usual  way.  Each  Director  will  make  a  sort 
of  individual  report  as  'is  provided  for  by  the  Statute  in  excep¬ 
tional  cases.  Some  such  report  must  be  filed  by  eaoh  Director 
without  exception.  Hence  you  must  be  fen  hand  to  sign  what"  is 
to  you  tomorrow/  These  reports  must  be  filed  in  Albany  on  tsatar 
day.  Thera  is  a  long  story  about  th/s  wh*Ch  I  shall  tell  You 

orally  when  we  meet. 

Very  truly  yours. 



44  ’tufiw 

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,  JAN  Pa  -  ^-O 

>■  V  aQj  J.U92  i 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq 
Dear  Sir: 

Re  Edison  light  Co.  .Report  or  Certificate.  After 
*«>““*»>  ‘M.  docent  L  finally  brow  ,nto 
shape  for  execution.  / 

Enclosed  is  a  cop f  Ton  yon  to  siCn.  fleas.  slsn 
then,  the  Notary  indicates,  and/hand  it  rleht  bach  to  him.  I, 
must  be  “oiled  tonight  to  11b  J.,  nhi.h  the  Notary  .in  attend  to. 

!  AU  °f  the  otl,*r  directors  are  olenine  ,  similar 
Certificate/  j 

I  enclose  a  coiy  for  your  files,  for  it  may  turn  out 
to  be  an  isportant  document,  U  you  ought  to  keep  a  copy. 

It  is  absolutely  Vital  that  you  should  sign  the 
Certificate,  for  if  you  do  Jt  you  will  be  liable  for  all  the 

j  do  sign  it  and  it  is  mailed  by  to- 

debts  of  the  Company.  Ifyot  t 
morrow,  there  will  be  no  liability. 

Very-  truly  yours. 



U  /'r  ^ 



S  T  ATE  01  HEW  Y  0  R  K 

•  y  and  County  of  How  York 

v*,#, „  ■*.'  *  V- 

* '■  I.  the  undersigned'; Trustee  of  the  Edison 
'^Ef0#icvXiGht  Company,  do  hereby  certify  and  state:  That 
I  have  endeavored  to  have  the  Annual  Report  of  the  Edison 
Electric  Light  Company  made  and  filod  as  required  by  lav.r, 
and  that  the  officers  of  said  Company  have  refused  and  no- 
Cloctod  to  make  and  file  any  report  except  a  report  of  the 
tenor  and  offer t'  of  the  report  hereto  annexed,  and  I  do  ap- 
.  pond  to1- this  certificate  a  report  containing  the  itans  re- 
■  quirod  to  bo  stated  in  ouch  Annual  Roport,  as  far  is  they 
are  within  my  knowledge  or  arc  obtainable  from  sources  of 
information  open  to  mc^  and  verified  by  me  to  bo  true  to 
the  best  of  my  knowledge  and  belief. 

WITNESS  my  hand  this  day  of  Janu¬ 

ary,  A.-D.  1392. 

"  S  T  A  T  E  0  F  HEW  Y  0  R  K- .. 
City  and  County  of  Now  York  : 

being  duly  swomi'  deposes 

and  says:  that  he  has  road  the  ibro going  cortif icatosub- 


scribed  by.  him  arid  knows  its  contents \and  that' tits 'jfc« 

to  boforcs  me  this 




S  T  A  T'  E : :  0  I?  K  E  V  Y,0,|TK  :  .,v  '  •  • 

■:  City  &  County  of  How  v- &!,'*"  ”• 

'  ;  ■ 
I,  tlio  undersigned,  a  Trustee  of  the  EDISON 

‘  V».V&  • 

C0MPAWY»  do  horeBy,  make  this  report,  con-  : 
items  required  to  be  stated  in  thS.'/Aftttual  Report 
of  said  Company,  oo  far  as  tHe;y  arc  witliiii  mjc  knowledge  or 
are  obtainable  from  sources  of  ihlbmation  open  tonio:* 

FIRST:  The  amount.:  of  tie  Company's  authorized 
capital  stock  is  §1,600,000.,  divided  into  16,000  shorco  of 
§100  each.  ■•;.■-  . 

The  Company  was^fo iwod  by  tlio  consolidation  of 
the' Edison  Electric  Eif^it  Company  and  the  Edison  Company  ibr 
Isolated  Lighting,  pursuant  to  Chapter  367  of  the  Laws  of 
18E4  of  tin  State  of  Hey/;  York,,  with  a  capital  stock  of 
§1,294,300.,  consisting  of  12^942  shares  of  §100  each,  of 
which  amount  9,9GC  shares,  amounting  to  §996,500.,  were' to 
be  ..divided,  under  the  Consolidation  Agreement ,  among  the  ' 

Ware.B,  amounting  to  §29.7., 700'.,  among  tho  stockholders 
dison  Company  for  Isolated  Lighting. 

•  .ifg.stock'lyslder  of  eitlior  Qf  rsafd^caii^ahics 'ob¬ 
jected  to  ouch  consolidation, '  or  demWded.  payment  for  his 
stock,  at  the  mooting  of  the  stockholders' authorizing  tho 
consolidation,  or  within  twenty  days  thereafter.  Or  applied 
within  sixty-days  after  such  meeting  to  tin  Supreme  Court  ' 

■  to  have  .the'  value  of  his  stock  appraised,  in  pursuance  of 



the  provisions  of  said  Act."  / 

"  :  V  ’’  .*'••• 

\  rt  was  agreed  .in  and  by  said.  Consolidation 
.^t'^Brctsnont  that  the  capital  stock  of  said  consolidated  oom- 
panyiv  to.  wiit:-  §1,294,200.,  .was  not  larger  in  amount  than 
’ % Aggrocate  value  of  the  property,;  franchises  and 
.  rights  -  of-  the  two  companiesJjCeo  c  onsolidated. ...  . 

r,f  Of  the  stock,  of  Such  consolidated  companies/' 

thero  has  been  actually  divided' ertiong  the  s  tockholdoro  of 
said  consolidating  companies,  or  their  assigns  ,  and  placed 
upon  the  books  of  this  Company,  in  their  respective  names, 
and  stock  ..certificates  issued'  to  them,  pursuant  to  said 
.  Agreement,  12,710  shares,  of^ithe  aggregate  amount  of 
§1,271,500.,  and  in  addition  thereto  fractional  certifi¬ 
cates  or  scrip  amounting  in  the  aggregate  to  one  and  ninety- 
one  one -hundredths  of  one  share,  convertible  into  stock  in 
said  Company  at  par. 

The  authorized  capital  stock  of  tin- Company 
was  increased  after  such  consolidation ‘to 'the  present 

an*  there  was  isouod  of  .such ’increase  of  the  capital 
•  :fe°j^0S>80Q'  RS  fal1  I®1*  stock ,  fbr  and  in  consideration 
"SWof.j^hoy  "and  property  actually  roocivod  therefor,  for  the 

use  and  puipo^gp-bf  the  Company,'  and  valued  and  dot.prmihed  by. 

;  V-v'"  '  ■  "V  ' 

the  Board  of.  Trust's,  os  at  the  time  of  purchase- to  be*  worth 

an  amount  equal  to  the  par  value  of  the  capital  stock  issued, 
therefor  as  fully  paid  stock. 

Ho  stock  of  the  Company  has  been  issuod  or  paid 
in  oxoept  as  sbovc  stated. 



w:  .  ■■ 

SEpOIJD :  In  g  an  oral  toims,  the  nature  of*,|ho 
exist irijj-  a'sspfc.S' •  and  debts  of  the  Company  is  ns  follows:-'1 

(a)  let tcvs  patent  aid  patent  ri^its; 



Stocks  and  bonds  of  other  companies,  and" 

(°  )  Claims  in  the  -nature  of  accounts  rocoiva-  ■ 
bio -and  bills  receivable',  and',  other,  obligations 'to  tho  Cbrh^.t  ' 
pany  in  cash;  ■  t; 

Contracts  with  1  icon  so  o  companies-- and 
others,  and  claims  under  such. contacts,  'and  claims  against 
infringers  of  let  tors  patent  Or  patent  r.ight.3  of:  the  Com- 

n  .  .  '  Electric  apparatus  and  plant,  and  property 

of  the  Company  in  use  by  the  lessee;  ■ 

(f)  ioaso  of  off i< 
and,  appliances  paid  supplies.. 

,  fixtures  and  furniture. 

(a)  Bills  payable  myi.  accounts  payable:  " 

.  ,  ,  The'  Company  lias  also  Vnado'  various  con-  ’ 

in(  th°  coul"oe  of  its  business,.  including  contracts  "• 
leia-ins  to  the  use  of  patents,  which  oonfrraots  are  not  ' 
strictly  dobts,  but  create  obligations  on  the  part  of  tho 

S  £  "w  lnmlv°  .«• 

1  '%  ■  «n»B!  to»  amount  or  tho  oxtsttng  dobts  of  • 

the  CompanyiidCjgjft^not  exceed  §300,000. 

FOURTH:  The  amount  of  tin'  existing  assets'  of" 
the  Company  is  at  least  equal  to  the  sum  of  §2,000,000 .  1 

,I’imr:  ThQ  names  of  tho  stockholders  on  tho  ‘ 




•  .  ' 

•  '  t-  ' 
books  ,9f^  the  4ojfiparty  upon  iho  f  irst  day^cC^snuar  y, 

.  woro'  as  “f  b-llowd :  -  (  ^ 

%f%4  ,M.  A.  Prank, 

J.  A.  Garland, 

Walter  B .^HdrnV’'  '  t 

■  ’John  McKesson,  f.v, , 

-jpatate  of  A.  M.  '^.'oudfife  >r. 

Er.  H.  Rob  ins  on  j- 

W.,  If.  Sqnqon,'  -.i  ,  .  . 

S.  "W;  War-ren Co.,  Ivl, 

Walte*r\K:emeys,  ", : 

O, *  W.  Knight/  C  t 

. .  John  W .  .Boano/V Trust  oo ,  ,.;5.  " 

"Henry  Villard,"  Trustee,  ' 
•Sanipel'  fajfoii/V  ;fnjs.*ee ;  : '  ' 

I'komas-CV  fCt}ck',;./Tivisteo,  &'?■ 

■  0.,  H.  Coster','  '-^.Trustee, 

Noah  Davis, -•  Trustee, 

T.  A.; Edison,  Trustee, 

J.  H.  Herrick,  Tmstoo, 

E.  K  Johnao  n ,  True  too, 

Morris  lT.  Smith.Tiiistee, 

P.  S.  Smithors,  Trustee,,-  Trustee, 

J.  Hood  Wright,  Trustee, 

Henry  Villard  ancl . J .  H.  Herrick,  1 

T)ie  itorogoing  list:. does  not;  include- -suoh  stock¬ 
holders  of  the  Edison  El ootrio  light  Company,  or  the '  E'dio on 
Company  for  Isolated  Limiting,  or,  .the'' a  saigas  of  such  stoek- 
^;o,  who  .failed  surrenjie^he^^^bk;  certificates 
m  go. .under.  said  Consoliddt  idnMgroemont , '  wto  •  there  - 
fore  did  notv..bocomo  entitled,  acdorjU-hg  to  said  Agr  oanen t,  '"’l 
to  receive  certificates  for  stool:  in  this  Company,'  arid  do- '  f 
not  appear  as  otock holders  of  this  Company; oh'  its- book's .  ' 

WHEREOF,  I  sigh 

I  N  V/  IIHES  S 


.  hoi’oto  my  namo,  'this  twenty-ninth  day  of^ Jijnuijry,  1802 •  "'M- 

■  #vv  Y*'\ 

■*  l. 

S  T  A:  T,;rE  0  ?  H*E  W  ' Y 0  R  X 
City  &  County  of  New  York 

r- \  i 

being  duly  sworn,  doposos 

1  and  says,  that  he  has read  the  foregoing  report,  subscribed 
by  him,  and  knows  the  contents  thereof;;  and  that  the  sane 
is  truo  to  the  best  of  his  knowledge,  information  and  be¬ 

Sworn  to  before  ine  this 

day  of  January,  1892  : 



new  yor k . August.  .11,..  1892, 

T;  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J.,  ^£CE  IV  Zq 


Dear  Sir:- 

We  enclose  herewith  a  copy  of  the  claim  allowed, 
together  with  a  tracing  and  drawing,  in  your  application  Ho,  297, 
for  Method  and  Means  for  Controlling  Electrical  Generation.  The 
Light  Company  has  been  paying  for  this  application,  and  as  the 
final  government  fee  of  §20,  is  due  at  the  Patent  Office  on  Sept¬ 
ember  1st,  we  request  that  you  kindly  advise  us  whether  you  consid¬ 
er  this  claim  of  sufficient  value  to  warrant  the  payment  of  this 
fee.  Kindly  return  the  tracing  to  us  when  you  are  through  with 



SERIAL  NO.  28,141 
FILED  MARCH  12,  1881 


The  combination  with  a  main  or  consumption  circuit,  of 
one  or  more  magneto  electric  machines  connected  therewith,  an 
oxciting  machine  supplying  the  field  circuit  of  the  main  ma¬ 
chine  or  machines,  means  for  varying  the  speed  of  the  exciting 
machine,  independently  of  the  main  machine  or  machines,  and  a 
suitable  electrical  indicator  indicating  the  condition  of  the 
main  circuit,  substantially  as  and  for  the  pm-pose  set  forth. 

EATON  &  LEWIS  ...  ■  '  V"  ;  7  -■  BUILDING) 

s.b.eaton  '"  . '  ■  -  7 -  Eno, 

EUGENE  H.LEWIS  /  .  ^ 

-  .  //r/S,'  Nov.  19,  laga. 

2-  2~—  — ^> 

Thomas  A,  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

Herewith  we  beg  to  hand  you  a  form  of  assignment  by  you 
to  Edison  Electric  Light  Company  of  the  5  following  patents  recent¬ 
ly  granted  to  you: 

(1)  No,  484,184,  October  11,  1892,  Manufacture  of  Carbon 

(2)  No.  484,185,  October  11,  1892,  Manufacture  of  Carbon 

{3)  No.  485,615,  November  8,  1892,  Manufacture  of  Carbon 

(4)  No,  485,616,  November  8,  1892,  Manufacture  of  Carbon 

(5)  No.  485,617,  November  8,  1892,  Incandescent  Lamp 

Filament . 

Under  the  contract  which  was  made  between  yourself,  the 
Edison  Lamp  Company  and  Edison  Electric  Light  Company  under  date 
of  November  25th,  1887,  these  patents  should  be  assigned  to  the 
Light  Company.  For  your  convenience  of  reference,  we  give  you 

below  a  copy  of  the  clause  of  that  contract  under  which  we  have 
drawn  this  assignment.  It  is  as  follows: 

hj  w  '  consideration  of  the  forepjoinff 

ions  MR,  EDISON  and  the  LAMP  COMPANY,  jointly  and  severally 
"agree,  in  addition  to  the  license  provided  for  in  thlcoi- 
"ofacharaeMari?  8,.1881‘  t0  assiSn  to  the  LIGHT  COMPANY,  free 
-  "tLninw  tn  pa  S’  licenses,  rights  and  inventions  per¬ 
taining  to  the  lamp  or  its  manufacture,  now  held  or  con- 

"iithin  a  ^ther  °f  them*  °r  hereafter.  at  any  time, 

within  a  period  of  three  years  from  the  date  hereof,  invents 

"?akeCalirneeSd0r/0r  +them’  °r  either  °f  them’  and  aSree  to 
•LlSffl  SotIS  ?  Step%t0  patent  the  said  inventions,-  the 
LIGHT  COMPANY  to  pay  for  only  the  actual  legal  fees  and 

S  E co°:t°  tai?inS  seid  patents  -  them,  Mr.  EDISON 

"tion  t  r  \ln  311  respects«  bV  appropriate  inven- 
tion  to  improve  the  lamp  so  as  to  make  it  of  greater  com¬ 
mercial  value  to  the  LIGHT  COMPANY". 

We  also  hand. you  herewith  copies  of  the  patents  covered 
by  this  assignment.  Will  you  kindly  execute  the  document  in  the 
presence  of  a  witness  and  return  the  same  to  us  at  your  early  con¬ 

Very  truly  yours, 

E.  Co.£ 

^  4  ■(o/ywr/.///rr/ (edison  building) 

.Nov,  23,  1892. 

A.  0.  Tate,  Esq,,  Private  Secretary, 

Edison  Laboratory,  Orange,  New  Jersey. 
Dear  Sir: 

We  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  22nd 
inst.,  enclosing  an  assignment  by  Mr.  Edison  to  Edison  Electric 
Light  Company  of  ths  5. United' States  patents  following,  namely: 
No.  484,184,  No.  484,185,  No.  485,615,  No.  485,616, 

No.  485,617,  said  assignment  having  been  duly  executed  by  Mr. 

Thanking  you  therefor,  we  remain 

E.  Co 

No.  42  BROAD  STREET, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  IT,  . 

Dear  Sir:- 

Mw  York, . Dec  .  ?,  j . 189£,- 

E I 

Since  our  conversation  the  other  day  on  the  compound- 
wound  dynamo,  I  have  diligently  examined  all  the  note-books  which 
I  can  find,  but  thus  far  I  am  unable  to  discover  the  record  of  ex¬ 
periments  in  this  case.  Mr.  Ott  said  as  we  parted  the  other  day 
that  he  was  pretty  certain  some  note-book  must  still  exist  in  the 
Laboratory  which  would  fix  dates  and  circumstances  beyond  a  doubt. 
This  is  now  of  vital  consequence  in  the  prosecution  of  this  case. 
Will  you  therefore  kindly  instruct  Mr.  Ott  to  make  as  thorough  a 
search  as  may  be  necessary  to  disclose  all  the  information  obtain¬ 

I  have  talked  carefully  with  Mr.  Hughes.  He  has  not 
the  slightest  recollection  of  winding  a  shunt  wound  dynamo  with  a 
series  coil,  or  of  the  fact  that  any  compounded  dynamo  was  used  at, 
the  Laboratory  while  he  was  .there  .  He  recalls  that  the  railway 
motor  of  his  time  had  two  independent  shunt  circuits, each  controll¬ 
ed  by  a  separate  switch,  and  one  of  coarser  wire  than  the  other. 

He  has  recently  testified  in  one  of  the  railway  cases  that  the 
dynamo  supplying  current  to  the  Menlo  Park  road  was  a  shunt  wound 
machine,  but  he  said  yesterday  that  he  could  hot  swear  that  there 


was  no  series  winding  underneath  the  shunt,  but  he  had  no  recoil 
tion  of  any  such  construction. 

In  accordance  with  a  suggestion  afforded  by  our  talk, 

I  have  written  Mr.  Dickson  a  letter,  asking  him  to  refresh  his  r 
collection  on  the  subject,  and  Mr.  Andrews  as  well. 


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- NOT-S2-  BROAD  S 

. Deaj  ,2,— l«9fi.- 

W.  K.'-L.  Dickson,  Esq., 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orangey  ;.N,  J. 

Dear  Smr:- 

I  am  experiencing  considerable  difficulty  in  attempting 
to  stimulate  the  recollection  of  those  men  who  took  part  in  the  ex¬ 
periments  with  compound  wound  dynamos  at  Menlo  Park  ten  years  or 

more  ago. 

Wien  I  told  Mr.  Edison  the  other  day  what  1  was  trying  to 
do  he  immediately  said  "Hughes,  Andrews,  Dickson."  Mr.  Hughes  had 
no  electrical  knowledge  at  that  t*me,  as  I  understand  him, ami  was 
simply  interested  in  seeing  the  apparatus  ready  for  the  exploiting 
of  a  motor  business,  Mr,  Ott  says  that  he  conducted  a  number  of 
experiments,  and  that  the  record  of  those  experiments  was  entered 
in  detail  on  the  note-books  of  that  period,  but  I  am  unable  to 
find  any  note-cook  which  has  the  data  required.  I  have  discovered  . 
*about,  200,  some  of  which  are  at  Dyer  &  Seely's,  others  in  the  Pro-^'  '• 

/  „ 

duce  Exchange  Vault,  and  others  at  the  Laboratory; 

Have  you  any  note-books  which  would  throw  any  light  upon 
the  date  of  any  such  experiments,  either  for  electric  railway  or 


forjjl^ctric  lighting?  Any  light  which  your  recollection  or  your 
note-books  may  throw  upon  this  matter  is  likely  to  be  of  -great  im¬ 
portance,  as  we  are  daily  becoming  clearer  on  Edison's  invention 
of  the  self  regulating  dynamo.  This  is  broader  in  its  scope  than 




New  York,  December  9  th, 1892. 

You  will  please  take  notice  tlsat  at  a  meeting  of 
tbe  S toqkh ol  ds rs  of  this  Company,  to  be  held  at  Edison 
Building,  Mo.  44  Broad  Street,  HOT  York  City,  at  tbe  offi¬ 
ces  of  the  Cranpany,  on  th  a  27  th  day  of  December,  1392,  at 
12  M.,  a  resolution  will  be  offered  that  the  number  of 
Trastees  of  this  Company  be  induced  from  thirteen  to  nine, 
and  that  Articles  II  and  III  of  the  By-Laws  be  amended  by 
striking  out  Hie  word  "thirteen"  wherever  it  appears  in 
said  Articles  and  inserting  instead  thereof  die  word  "nine”. 

At  which  meeting,  also,  the  adjourned  annual,  meet¬ 
ing  for  die  election  of  Trustees  will  be  held. 

By  order  of  die  President,  ' 

S.  D.  GREEKS, 





Enc , 

.  'f/Y/ ' _Dg c,._20 1892. _ 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq,, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 
Dear  Sir: 

Herewith  we  beg  to  hand  you  original  and  duplicate  assign¬ 
ment  to  the  Light  Company  of  Canadian  patents  Nos.  17,076  and 
17,077,  both  having  been  granted  June  22nd,  1883.  V/e  find  that 
these  patents  have  never  been  assigned  by  you  to  the  Light  Company, 
and  as  they  should  be  assigned  under  your  old  contracts  with  that 
Company,  we  beg  to  ask  that  you  will  kindly  execute  both  these 
documents  as  indicated  in  pencil,  in  the  presence  of  a  witness  who 
should  also  sign.  If  you  will  then  return  the  papers  to  us,  we 
will  attend  to  the  recording  of  the  same. 

Very  truly  yours, 

L.  Co.  P.  L. 


WHEREAS,  I,  THOMAS  A,  EDISON,  of  Orange  in  the 
State  of  New  Jersey,  have  obtained  certain  Letters  Patent 
of  the  United  States  for  inventions  or  improvements  herein¬ 
after  named,  the  same  being  numbered  and  dated  as  herein¬ 
after  specifically  set  forth,  and 

Y/HEREAS,  I  am  now  the  sole  owner  of  the  said 
inventions  and  of  all  rights  therein. 

NOV/,  in  consideration  and  execution  of  the 
agreements  heretofore  made  by  me  with  The  Edison  Elec¬ 
tric  Light  Comp  any  and  with  Edison  Electric  Light  Company, 
and  of  One  dollar  to  me  in  hand  paid  by  said  Edison 
Electric  Light  Company  the  receipt  whereof  is  hereby  ac¬ 
knowledged,  I  the  said  Thomas  A.  Edison,  have  sold, 
assigned  and  transferred,  and  by  these  presents  do  sell, 
assign  and  transfer  to  the  said  Edison  Electric  Light 
Company  (a  corporation  organized  and  existing  under  the 
laws  of  the  State  of  New  York)  all  the  right  title  and 
interest  whatsoever  which  I  have  in  aid  to  the  inventions 
improvements  and  Letters  Patent  of  the  United  States,  more 
particularly  described  as  follows,  to  wit: 

(1)  No.  365,978,  July  5,  1887,  System  of 
Electrical  Distribution. 

(2)  No.  369,439,  Sept.  6,  1887,  System  of 
Electrical  Distribution. 

(3)  No.  369,441-,  "  11  System  of 

Electrical  Distribution, 

(4)  No.  369,442,  "  "  System  of 

Electrical  Distribution. 

(5)  No.  369,443, 

Electrical  Distribution. 

System  of 

(6)  No.  373,584,  Nov.  22,  1887,  Dynamo  Elec¬ 
tric  Machines, 

(7)  No.  379,944,  Mch.  27,  1888,  Commutator 
for  Dynamo  Electric  Machines, 

(8)  Ho,  380,101,  "  "  System  of 

Electrical  Distribution, 

(9)  Ho.  380,102,  "  "  System  of 

Electrical  Distribution. 

(10)  Ho.  385,173,  June  26,  1888, 

Electrical  Distribution. 

(11)  No.  397,705,  Eeb.  12,  1889, 

Winding  Field  Magnets. 

(12)  No.  438,307,  Oct.  14,  1890, 
of  Incandescent  Electric  Lamps, 

(13)  No.  438,308,  "  " 

Electrical  Distribution. 

(14)  No.  438,309,  "  " 

Insulating  Electrical  Conductors, 

(15)  No,  438,310,  "  " 

(16)  No.  444,530,  Jan.  13,  1891, 

Wires  for  Incandescent  Lamps, 

(17)  No.  470,922,  Mch.  15,  1892, 
of  Filaments  for  Incandescent  Lamps, 

(18)  Mo.  470,924,  "  " 


(19)  No.  470,925,  "  " 

of  Filaments  for  Incandescent  Lamps, 

(20)  No.  476,983,  June  14,'  1892, 


The  same  to  be  held  and  enjoyed  by  the  said 
Edison  Electric  Light  Company,  its  successors  and  assigns, 
for  its  and  their  own  use  and  behoof,  to  the  full  end  of 
the  terms  of  each  of  said  Letters  Patent  respectively, 
and  of  all  extensions  and  renewals  of  any  of  them,  as 
fully  and  entirely  as  the  same  would  have  been  held  and 
enjoyed  by  me  had  this  sale  and  assignment  not  been  made. 
Together  with  any  and  all  claims  for  damages  for  in¬ 
fringements  of  said  Letters  Patent  and  each  of  them,  with 
the  right  to  the  said  Edison  Electric  Light  Conpany  to  sue 
for  ,  recover  and  collect  such  damages  to  its  o wn  use. 


System  of 
Method  of 
System  of 
Method  of 

Lamp  Base. 
Leading- in 






hereunto  set  my  hand,  and  seal  this  day  of 

189  a. 

In  presence  of 

1892.  Electric  Light  -  Edison  Electric  Light  Company  - 
Illuminating  Companies  (D-92-24) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence,  reports,  and  other  documents 
relating  to  the  operations  of  Edison  illuminating  companies.  Most  of  the 
documents  pertain  to  the  business  of  the  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of 
New  York.  Included  are  several  reports  by  Spencer  Trask,  president  of  the 
New  York  company,  regarding  earnings  and  operating  policies;  and 
correspondence  concerning  the  exhibition  of  a  jumbo  dynamo  from  the  Pearl 
Street  station  at  the  World’s  Columbian  Exposition  in  Chicago.  There  is  also 
a  letter  from  William  D.  Marks,  president  of  the  Edison  Electric  Light  Co.  of 
Philadelphia,  commenting  on  the  price  of  light  generated  by  that  company; 
and  a  comprehensive  statistical  report  surveying  the  performance  and 
profitability  of  approximately  thirty-five  central  stations.  Some  documents  are 
partially  illegible  due  to  water  damage  and  faded  ink. 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed  except  for  9  routine  meeting 
announcements  of  the  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of  New  York. 


The  Edison  Electric  .Illuminating  Co.  of  New  York 



General  Offices,  Pearl,  cor.  Elm  St. 

Thos  .  A.  Edison,  Ksq«, 

New  York,  April  30, 

Orange,  Now  Jersey . 
Dear  Sir,- 

You  are  invited  to  meet  the  First  Vice-President  and 
the  members  of  the  staff,  at  the  new  central  station.  Pearl  &  Elm 
streets,  on  Thursday  afternoon  at  S.30,  when  the  First  Vice- 
President  will  give  some  a  count  o?  electrical  natters  abroad 
.with  special  reference  to  their  application  to  the  system  of  this 
iompasw, ' 

I  '‘'A. brief  meeting  of  the  Hoard  of  directors  will  be  held 

at  .4lft.Volook,  fir  a  few  items  of  necessary  business,  and  for  those 
|viio -oan! spare,  djjfew  minutes  -thereafter,  there  will  be  a  little 
ekft.Obition  of  ne'tf  electrical  devices  in  the  Supply  department  at 

Very  truly  yours. 

O.o.  a  crvVVi^xv. 

'  ’The  Edison  FTectric  Light  C6,  W  Philadelphia,  Pa. 

*  y  fys  909  Walnut'  Street. 


Telephone,  No.  820 


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c|«.«k/u  <ru~n-  til  Cowlro^j^ 

5  U. 

M*-  ■  <  ’  r  J  » 

CjJ  ‘J—-  lw&* 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, w  ~[ 

Orange , 

N.  J. 

My  dear  S ir : - 

In  looking  over  old  papers  in  order  to  destroy  them  I 
have  some  across  a  letter  to  our  Board  of  Directors,  dated  July 
10th,  1889,  in  which  X  urge  upon  them  putting  the  electric  light 
at  the  Price  named  3/4,  of  fl.  cent  per  lamp  hour.  We  ha^, 

over  #40,000  in  bank  to-day ;  ^ave  paid  a  thresher 

Mv*>  ** B#  ~  ,,ook  .„d  bo»w;  4. 

and  we  are  steadily  making  money'  at  the  price  named  by  you.  p'er-  '  ...  , 
haps  you  will  be  plaase*>^ 

latter  of  June  17th,  1889,  page  %  in  which  I  excess  my  opinion^' ‘  ’  T 
of  the  merit  of  your  invention.  '  l  ^st,  ttat  m^llrnot  feel."" 
me  obtrusive  in  oalling’  your  ta<^fc^A#  ^wish  that'  I  /  ' 
couid  have  had  a  chance,  at  a  time  .when  I  was  prepared  "To  ^ 

there  was  in  me  to  the  service  of  the  Edison  General  Electric  Co.  " 

Yours  very  truly 



Soars  at  Cl  rhetors 
Edison  Electric  Ught  Co., 

Philadelphia,  Penn. 


I  have  Mr.  Edison's  approval  In  bringing  bofore  you  tho  aattor  at  the  price 
at  light.  Mr.  Edison  says  that  the  Philadelphia  Station,  as  constructed,  ean  sake 
.tore  aonsy  with  the  price  at  light  at  31.50  per  thousand,  than  tho  New  York  Station  can 
at  $3.  par  thousand.  I  have  his  entire  approval  in  suggesting  to  you  that  after  Oct. 
1st  the  price  of  the  eleotrlo  light  be  reduced  to  31.50  per  thousand  in  gas,  or  %  of  a 

ssnt  per  leap  hour  for  each  1?  c.p.lsap.  To  produce  this  i 
tdcn  in  *3*  York  costs  .sosui  is  per  laap  hous>,-wa«a-  re  ■ 
sad  dirts*  it  by  the  l asp'  nau-rs.  .  p.  .•fc.ju  'suit  less  j;i 
?•  '(fi  St.*  or  than  It  sill  cost  .  ;  ?3th  '.t. 

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sac  greatly  tnaraam  cur  p*  to  tits,  -Sjf 

sues  a  iaac  hour  at  a  coat  cf  \f,  and  w?' raeoive  lor  . 
oeirts  Cecsae  sufficient  to  cover  cur  payroll’,'  the  Instead*  In  cost  of  pjpdeaiaf '.HfH 
to  us  mu  ns  increase  only  In  seal  bill  and  in  the  iaap  Dill.  it  vs  can  caaro  tr,* 



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them.  •  , 

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ttosn  *.b®  3asrd  a  redustion  in  erica  3 1  3t  ?*r  1«P  fisur,  r^ot- 
gall;:  tsttsn,  jna  in.  sdvertliiing  the  fact  that  the  el  sc  trie  i  ’•■  ■ 

ij3Si.tss39  a  any  sanitary  advantages,  and  for  all  pres**-  Vt^ 
Mr:  ••  : 

I  am  very  respeotfally .ana  truly  yours, 
i  Supervising  Engineer  a  general  Manager - 

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The  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of  New  York. 

General  Offices ,  Pearl,  cor.  Elm  St. 

:  ,-oC EiVir.r'  " 

:q. ,  v  $tnr>  2 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

:  My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

15  November,  1892v  ;• 

. ( ; 

.  We  are  expecting  to  give  up  the  old  Pearl  street  static 

in  the  Spring,  and  had  then  intended  to  offei^rou  the  historic 
»”  Jumbo”  .for  exhibition  at  Chicago.  I  am  very  glad  to  hear  that  you 
wi,U-|,8.  willing  to  .receive  it.  If  you  like,  we  can  4end  you  ,the 
^e  o^the  old  Pearl  street  Station  about  that  time  -  bricks  a 
all  A  • 

M,.  ■  l 

k.  1  Prosume  y°u|  will  also  exhibit  at  Chicago  that  lamp  which 
you  now  have  reason  to  conclude  you  actually  did  invent.  Do  you 
.t^sthinik^Mr.  Westinghouse’s  new  lamp  will  live  long  enough  for  it 
to  geljj^t'b  Chicago  i 

I:  hope  the  Ogden  baby  is  becoming  convalescent;  you  must 
that  yof  Promised  when  that  stage  was  reached  to  take 
•  'a  look  -^in  here  andjsee  the  very  grown-vp  units  we  have  working 

!  Very  truly  yours. 

/kj  /\,  •  /X cr?  ,s/ecA/. 



An  the  yosr  draws  to  «  cloue  it  seems  wise  that  »•  should 
consider  certain  questions  that  relate  to  our  future  policy,  and, 
whlle  th*rt*  ms>y  no  need  for  immediate  uotion,  the  deoivion  which 
«e  arrive  ut  regarding  these  questions  may  affect  oar  action  with 
reference  to  other  mat tore  which  do  require  immediate  attention. 

ia®  P^i  y**»*  has  boon  a  profitable  one.  Our  earnings 
.■have  **mt  a  gratifying  increase.  The  work  of  building  and  en¬ 
larging  out-  plant  has- gone  on  with  l  iroiy  an  interruption.  VaM- 
ft?  robla?  s,  ml  ha*  arisen,  and  for  a  time  seemed  perplexing, 
*fco*4i^  considered  unit  adjusted.  rtt  fact,  the 
.a  osen  full  of|  siito6uaoo  and  marked s  ail  along  tn® 

0ne  ®f  the  first  questions  in  point  of  time,  which  will 
have  to  be  considered,  will  be  the  addition  to  oar  Reserve  fund, 
..and  the  ^ccunt  to  fca  plsocd  to  its  credit  at  the  end  of  this  year. 
VjarB  a»*f  in  1 £36,  then  our  plant  sac  email,  vs  hit  it  nec&asary 
***a*ii%  T4th  F«*  f«a*,  end,  while  our  prop- 

S,  h^,Via^eiced  fro*  tm,OM  at  that  tin*,  to  *6, 141,000  now, 
early  eight  tifsics  i-/.  value,  the  amount  oretitad  has  remained 
the  turn*  until  last  y*xr,  when  we  credited  $£5, COO. 

xt  *»dl4  awe*  rise-  now  to  put  aside  a  rsuoh  larger  amount 
>  Provide  for  the  uiimj  contingencies  whisk  assy  arise.  Is  caee  an 

aooidont  should  occur  to  any  o  1*  our/Stdtions,  our  earning  capacity 
might  bo  affected  to  a  considerable  amount,  and  we  ought  to  have 
on  ample  fund  to  fall  back  upon  for  the  continuance  of  dividends, 
as  well  ao  to  repair  damages.  My  Judgment  is  that  we  should  carry 
.  $50,000  to  Reserve  Fund,  at  any  rate,  for  the  next  few  years. 

Another  question  is  a  matter  of  bookkooping.  Wo  have  net 
in  the  past  been  in  the  habit  of  charging  up  the  dividend  for  the 
'r'laat  quarter,  whioh  is  paid  on  February  1st. following,  against  the 
earnings  of  the  year,  as  should  have  beon  done.  This  given  a 
wfalse  balance  and  rather  a  misleading  one.  In  order  to  correct/ 

this  mistake,  unions  otherwise  ordered  by  the  Directors,  tho-Iroda- 
^m£7'<w  ■  ••  ;•  -• 

ip  tho  dividend  duo  February  1st,  1893,  at  the 

t\uv  1.092,  and  this  year  a  note  will  bo  made  explaining 
#’  in  Income  aocount  and  Balance  Sheet. 

^  The  next  question  we  will  have  to  consider,  will  be  tho 
rft«.{of  our  next  dividend.  It  has  boon  rumored  on  tho  Street, 
p  .„;-W‘lthout  any  authority,  that  the  Company  will  in  February  begin  pay- 
ing/on^the  basis  of  &%, 

’t  k  <5Uootlon  of  Policy  is  here  involved.  The 

,-v-  of  th0  next  quart  or  will  probably  show  enough  to  pay 

%^V^  UP°n  °U1,  lncr0689fl  capital,  and  a  possible  increase  through 
the  year  to  lnsuro  its  oontinuanoo  at  that  rate. 


THE  NET  EARNINGS  FOR  THE  -YEAR!  1892  ARE,  (estimated) 

Met  Earnings,  10  months. 

Earnings,  Hov.  ft  Dec. , (estimated) 

Interest  on  Bonds,  paid  and  due, 
Interest  on  Floating  Debt,  (Aprox.  ) 
Fou r  dividends. 

Reserve  Fund, 

Surplus  for  year,  .  .  ,  , 

’  245,000,00 

§305,175, 59 



FOR  THE  YEAR  1893:- 

~  If  wo  estimate  an  increase  of  earnings 
of,  say  25X  for  1893,  we  should  have, say,  600,000,0.0^ 

Interest  on  $3,250,000  Bonds  $162,500,00  i 

^■.MYidenda  on  6f  ooa  shares  stoek,  5X,  325,000,00  .  V1'  ; 

'8t"‘on]Ei  ing  Debt,  (sfet)  25,000,00 

50.000.00  562.5bo.00 

for  year .  37,500,00 

.  IX  e>  ra  on  the  Stock  would  require  §65,000,00, 

V  When  we  increase  our  dividend  we  invite  the  conversion  of 

many  of  our  Bonds  into  Stock,  and  thus  add  a  possible  $97,000.,  to 

(dividend  charge  for  aoh  lX  increase.  By  the  time  when  we  will  have 
decide  upon 

,to  dskxsiiRKxxkRkkBX  the  May  dividend  we  will  be  much  better  able 
to  determine  whether  our  increased  earnings  will  warrant  an  in¬ 
crease  of' dividend.  I  certuinly  do  not  think  we  would  be  Justi- 
h fled -in  considering  any  increase  in  the  February  dividend. 

In  order  to  carry  on  the  development  of  the  Company,  ns 
its  growth  demands,  we  must  carry  a  large  floating  debt  next  year; 

pending  the  consideration  of  the  question  of  providing  new  capi¬ 
tal,  which  will  soon  be  before  u3  again. 

I  am  not  prepared  at  this  time  to  suggest  any  particular 
policy,  or  to  advocate  any  particular  plan  for  the  raising  of  this 
new  capital.  1  merely  offer  the  above  suggestions,  which  may 
■properly  influence  us  in  our  intr.ediate  action. 

Spenoer  Trask, 



_ ;  - iTomnsea  rra;;O^Mr.:m:. 

2S  •3IJISOK  IXlWTTtIC  IHW»!liTA'i'IHO  CtEH'ASfg  O"-1  E;-&  foi'K. 

'The  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of  New  York. 

General  Offices,  Pearl \  cor.  jElm  St. 

.  New  York,  December  6,  1892. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Xn  reply  to  yours  of  the  lsjt  inst.,  addressed  to  Mr. 
Bowker,  requesting  dimensional  prints  o$*£he  Jumbo  dynamo  at  Pearl 
Stfreet  Station,  we  enclose  herewith,  blueprint  taken  from  measure¬ 
ments/  as  v re  have  none,  qf  the  original  foundation  plans.  The  only 
•-  '  ",  ■  . 
at  ion  from  [the  original  plan  (which  can  probably  be  obtained*. 

M*#*9*^*?  1®  th0  chanee  in  engine.  Originally,  there  was 
collected  to  this  dynamo  a  Porter  &  Allen  engine,  which  was  changed 
.  .to  vthe  Armingtqn  &  Sims  type. of  engine. 

Trusting  this  will  give  you  the  immediate  information  you 
Require,  we  remain. 

tf  Very  truly  yours, 


;  j'--1 

General  Operating  Supt. 






.  Crops  Earning's 
'  ■’OpSraii  n'e 

pensea,  i  rtb'lmfrig.yfexSe' '  •,. 
,.  Net  Hardings  '•  "'  -f*  *~. 

•  k^y 

Cross  learnings  IX. month b 
Not  «  li’y/vV-A*'- 
on  Bd.naty 

.  interest  < 

C  a  vital  Stock  •*',  ':*■ 

Pi ret  Mortgage  Ron as 

T nean. humps  December  3 
Arc  0  Jieeu.ihor  3 

£  72,421,80  §fSO»C 


40,041 . 94.,..  2iS*7 

'  579,391.72 
°  293,541.61 


‘0.00  4,500,000.00 

0.00*  2,250,000.00 







,  ,.  .  ,  11  h“  hl«t:(r.a4.  looa  .  >Ap^ny  was 

Z  output" 

ol  !im].ero,  ana  in  tn  J  ?j.^v  r  ofofecamljei-  «  wi  th  an 

output  oi  .jC,?oO  operas.  7h6 . ttv / -s^jb  th  Sr  show,  that  an  actual 
Horsing  output  of  40,035  amperes  maximum  has  bt-en  readied  in  the 
'.wo  districts,  although  tho  highest  siraul tenuous  output  via;; 

*■>9,450  amperes  December  8. 

The  present  installs 
16-o anal e-powe r  letups. 

Hie  Company ,has;  b 
ure  of  the  General Comj&ny  t 
exp cnsion  engi ne a jirtfi chwha v« 
The  1200  H.P.  engine  at  the 
dynamos,  which  are^riow  promi 
ana  ttie  seeoMVgop^i.P.  engi 
with  but  one'sof  ijf.,dyn.amo-'' 
’Odoemb  er  *J$e'anfe-  ayh 

before  the  miUhleloijHhe'  m 
1  o  ad  f  or  urh  i  ch '  z  he  a  e  dy  . 
x^d  a  roaort  to  otherexi-edi 
which  he  a  lea  to  e'/7con  sia  ui* 
for  the  month.  ^ 

jl . 

Hie  net  earnings 
ly  for  this  reason,,  partly  -b 
ceme  within  this  month,  ana  . 

exceeds  an  equivalent  of  190,000 

nuoh  disadvantage  in  olie  fail- 

-  dynamo  a  for  the  triple- 

irg  for  tliem  for  some  weeks, 

-  t  Station  still  lacks'  'it s  -' 
the  latter  part- of  This  month;' 
th;  street  hu e  boon  supplied 

s  started  running  witK’ijnS  ’■  ■  ' 
or,  will  be  in  opera tfetii?  ‘  -- 

s  heavy  requirements  bf  the . 

>  be  provided  have  rieo^osi  t'a-  : 
'Upply  the  necessary  current  -  , 
•  operating  expenses 

lonth  mow  below  normal,  par- 
five,  weeks’  labor  expenses 
eoausb  of  other  speoiul  in 

PFG  R  /,  I892 

The  Edison  Electric  Illuminating  Co.  of  New  York 

L'““  General  Offices,  Pearl ,  cor.  Elm  St. 

To  the  Employes  of 

The  Edison  Electric 

b  Co.  of  New  York 

In  conveying  to  you  greetings  of  the  season- and  best  wishes  for  a  Happy  New  Year,  I  am  glad 
to  be  able  to  express  to  you  the  continuing  satisfaction  of  the  Board  of  Directors  and  of  the  staff  offi¬ 
cers  of  the  Company  with  the  good  service  which  the  Company  has  continued  to  enjoy  at  your  hands 
during  the  year  past. 

While  the  plans  for  the  proposed  Labor  Reserve  Fund  and  the  system  of  benefit  dividend 
have  not  been  sufficiently  matured  in  detail  to  be  submitted  to  you  and  brought  before  re¬ 
presentative  employes  for  careful  consideration  and  discussion,  I  am  glad  to  state  that  the 
Board  of  Directors  has  approved  a  second  step  toward  this  general  plan,  by.  authorizing  the  payment 
to  emp  oyes,  for  the  year  1892,  of  a  benefit  dividend,  in  time  for  use  during  the  holiday  season. 
This  will  be  approximately  three  per  cent,  on  yearly  earnings  to  those  who  have  been  in  the  employ 
of  the  Company  continuously  and  with  good  record  for  five  years  or  more,  two  per  cent,  for  those 
who  have  been  in  its  employ  for  three  years,  one  per  cent  to  those  who  have  been  in  its  employ  for 
one  year.  -With  this  sum  goes  in  each  case  the  appreciation  and  thanks  of  the  Company  for  efficient 
service  on  the  part  of  the  recipient. 

In  individual  instances  this  benefit  is  increased  to  acknowledge  specially  valuable  services  in  the 
emergencies  of  the  past  year,  or  to  meet  the  case  of  employes  who  have  been  injured  in  the  service 
of  the  Company  Happily  no  fatal  accident-has  occurred,  despite  the  enormous  amount  of  construc¬ 
tion  work,  and  there  have  been  no  serious  accidents  from  electric  current.  In  examining  the 
casuahty  list  of  1892,  I  regret  to  find  that  the  number  of  minor  casualties  from  mechanical  causes  is 
n ■'*?*'  andI  WiSh  t0  emphaSiZ°  ‘°  y°“  thC  “eed  °f  «"—*  carefffiness  f"; 
personal  safetyrequired  in  any  mechanical  business  such  as  ours.  I  desire  here  to  acknowledge 
specifically  the  pluck  and  faithfulness  of  Mr.  J.  W.  La  Forge  who.  finding  that  a  gasoline  lamp 
which  he  was  using  in  installation  work  threatened  to  explode,  carried  it  out  into  a  safe  place  ft 
the  cost  of  painful  burns,  from  which  he  is  now  happily  recovered.  F 

,  The  Electrical  Library  outlined  in  my  last  annual  letter  has  been  started,  but  so  far  only  for 
reference  purposes,  and  not  as  a  circulating  library,  as  is  ultimately  intended.  Any  employe  of  the 
Company  however,  who  has  special  reason  to  consult  a  book  on  electricity  or  engineering,  will  be 

and TnblkatTonforT^  ‘“f  t0.Mr-Van.Vleck-  m  whose- present  charge  the  reference  library  is, 
and  application  for  the  use  of  a  book  on  these  subjects  not  in  the  library  will  be  given  consideration 
and  the  book  probably  purchased.  ,  .  ration. 

One  of  the  important  features  of  the  year  has  been  the  issue  of  the  preliminary  edition  of  the 
pamphlet  covenng  the  Requirements  and  Recommendations  of  the  Company  for  house  installation  As 
honed  to  ore  ”  Sh“P°’  “  C0Py";iU  be  SUppHed  t0  each  “"P10^  of  the  Company ;  and  it  is  also 
finished  prepare>  °r.  have  prepared,  a  little,  manual  bn  electrical  operation,  which  also  will  be 
furnished  to  the  employes  of  the  Company.  .  .  .. 

wnnlrl  K  R,  th  ,  tn!feS  threatS  Were  made  111  the  PaPers  that  the  operating  work  o£  the  Company 

would  be  stopped  and  statements  were  made  that  it  had  been  stopped  and  that  officers  and  super- 

mtendents  of  the  Company  were  running  the  dynamos  in  place  of  men  who  had  left  the  service  of 
the  Company.  I  am  happy  to  acknowledge  and  to  appreciate  the  entire  loyalty  of  the  Operating 
Department.  During  the  year,  without  any  pressure  of  this  sort,  the  Companymade  achange  which 
had  for  some  time  been  in  contemplation,  and  reduced  the  watch  in  those  stations  which  are  in  con¬ 
tinuous  operation,  to  an  eight  hours  basis.  Appreciating  that  the  men  in  the  Company's  employ 
were  in  positions  of  considerable  responsibility,  and  should  prosper  with  the  increasing  prosperity  of 
the  Company,  the  Directors  cordially  assented  to  a  readjustment  of  wages  by  which  men  in  the 
Operating  Department  were  given  practically  the  same,  and,  in  some  eases,  higher  yearly  income 
notwithstanding  the  reduction  in  hours.  In  view  of  the  necessary  difference  in  hours,  at  amiex 
stations  and  elsewhere,  in  the  labor  service  of  the  Company,  it  was  decided  to  put  the  pay  system  on 
an  hourly  basis,  so  that  the  wages  of  each  employe  should  be  individually  decided  by  his  kind  of 
work,  length  of  watch  and  period  of  service  in  the  Company.  This  system  is  being  worked  out,  I  think 

with  justice,  and,  I  trust,  with  satisfaction  to  all  our  employes. 

The  Operating  Department  has  been  at  great  disadvantage' during  the  past  year  because  of  the 
inadequacy  of  the  generating  plant  and  the  temporary  arrangements  required,  both  at  the  old  Pearl 
Street  station  and  the  new  station;  the  operating  expenses  have  consequently  not  decreased  rela¬ 
tively,  as  is  proper  to  expect  with  the  development  of  the  business.  The  early  spring  should  see  a 
full  complement  of  machinery  and  possibly  the  concentration  of  the  down  town  work  in  the  new 
station,  and  it  is  hoped  that  as  soon  as  these  arrangements  are  completed  every  employe,  by  co¬ 
operating  to  the  best  of  his  power  in  watchfulness  and  saving,  will  do  his  part  to  enable  the  Company 
to  report  by  the  end  of  next  year  that  it  is  producing  electric  current  at  a  minimum  of  cost  never 
before  reached.  It  is  believed  by  the  Company  that  the  success  of  the  business  in  its  larger  and 
final  relations  depends  directly  upon  the  closeness  of  operating  expenses  and  the  consequent  decrease 
in  the  price  of  current  to  the  public,  and  this  result  is  perfectly  compatible  with  increased  rather 
than  with  lowered  wages  to  the  individual  employes. 

Again  wishing  my  fellow  workers  in  the  Company  a  Merry  Christmas  and  a  Happy  New 

Very  truly  yours, 

(0.  O.  (2  cnr/nxA.. 

1892.  Electric  Light  -  Edison  General  Electric  Company  (D-92-25) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  General  Electric  Co.  Some  of  the  letters  are  by 
Sherburne  B.  Eaton,  general  counsel,  and  pertain  to  patent  assignments  and 
applications,  contract  obligations,  and  other  legal  matters.  Other  documents 
relate  to  the  consolidation  of  the  Edison  General  Electric  Co.  and  the 
Thomson-Houston  Co.  There  are  also  letters  regarding  the  savings  effected 
by  Edison’s  lamp  improvements  and  two  summaries  of  technical  data  about 
dynamos  and  motors. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  filmed.  The 
following  categories  of  documents  have  not  been  filmed:  routine  business 
correspondence  pertaining  to  orders;  letters  from  suppliers;  letters  of 
transmittal  and  acknowledgement. 




Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

yjECEI  y o 

.  ht'B  .9-  1302  r  0 

.y'l(ctet'Sfo/rfy_  J?eh.._8 ,1892 _ 


«,  1  have  been  at  work  still  again  with  the  lawyers  on 

Jostaof6S Ttultl:  deP0Sit*  The  PUblication  of  the  agreement  In  the 
lard  obt^nort  n  evenans  VT  Premature.  It  appears  that  Mr.  Vil- 
irdv  ?  ?  Possession  of  a  printers*  proof  from  Mr.  Stetson,  and 

Secretary>  without  authority,  sent  the  document’^ 

lawyers  meddling  in  it.  Too  many  cooks'  spoil  the  broth. 

T  ...  By  the  way*  in  lookine  .over  your  laboratory  Agree- 
denorni  ?0ti£®  ^at  at  the  beGinning  ?f  the  fourth  section,  the 
.  .  °°!  bln^f  ltsftlf  to  pay  the  Laboratory  expenses  "for  the 

dWlns  Whlch  he  (Edison)  devotes  at  least  one-half  of  his 
time  to  making  improvements  &c"  If/ we  fall  into  the  hands  of  the 

;ivey’.oneerSf»th7  E*3*  the  E°4nt  SOmetime  that  you  do  not 
tlements  "there  y°ar.  tln,e‘  Whenever  you  make  periodical  set- 
„  “”5’  bhere  should  b®  an  admission  on  their  part  which  would  pw. 

vent  them  from  raising  this  point  ala  regards  past  matters.  P 

1  3ti11  fee,;L  that  yp«  should  have  the  right  to  ter- 
side  °nSuX  montba/ notice,  the  same  as  the  other 

ly  given  oil v  tnT  r  that  the  ^iShtt0  t8™inate  was  intentional- 
ient  If  vou  I1®  Co"pany-  Th?y  would  not  have  made,  the  agree- 

t  hnnffhf  *  *  ?“ld  have  terminated? the  agreement.  They  probably 

yiu  woildnSrifnLOU  f,0t  an  Jnklini®  0f  a  new  and  valuabl»  invention 
vertiomd  inate  the  -^ract  /andthen  go  ahead  and  make  the  in- 

,  *  suPPose  Insull  will  be: back  in  the  morning  with 

3ome  interesting  news  fromBostori. 

Sincerely  yours, 

Dear  Mr.  Ediso: 

^  -yjcEIVE  a 

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b.m  .PPHed  for  since  1861.  Did  you  ino»  It!  “  'Rt'  | 

October  I  T«QoUn!er  l°Ur  laboratory  Contract  with  the  General  Co., 
October  I,  1890,  you  bound  yourself  to  apply  for  Detents  on  vonn 
inventions  at  the  expense  of  the  General  Co.,  "i^the  United^tLe 

« JrSy^;,r,,,:1jLo^s.r.south  ““ 

the  !bovfi“U?f1OnH0°“111”  *°  ®iveh^®Onite' instruct  ions  °on3k 

*“  srsus,LSi,3:  yssr  ••  -•  *•  — 

Very  truly  yours, 


Thomas  A,'  Edison,  Esq,,  • 

Orange ,  N,  J. 

Dear  Sir:  — 

New  York,  Eeb'y  12th,  1892 


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I  have  taken  the  liberty  of  sending  you'jf^hnder 
separate  cover,  two  designs  showing  an  idea  which  you  will,  I  am 
sure,  admit  is  an  attractive  one, though  it  may  not  be  one  of  the 
particularly  useful  kind.  I  canceivedthe  idea  of  making  a  U.S,  ^ 
with  genuine  fixed  stars  instead  of  white  bunting  stars.  At  the 

first  glance  at  the  drawings  you  will  see  that  the  plan  is  to 
Place  minature  Edison  Lamps  in  each  star,  with  the  proper 
connections  for  lighting,  made  with  very  small  and  flexible  con¬ 
ductors.  I  dont  doubt  but  that  numerous  difficulties  will 
ooour  to  you,  such  as  the  protection  of  the  lampB  from  damage 
when  the  flag  would  flap  in  a  high  wind.'  All  of  these  objections 
have  occurred  to  me,  and  I  have  a  number  of  ways  of  overcoming 
each  difficulties,  which  1  am  convinced  would  meet  the  requirements 
A  forty  foot  flag  can  be  made  to  support  the  requisite  number 
of  three,  four  or  six  candle. power  Edison  lamps,  without  in  the 
least  destroying  its  flexibility  br  injurying  its  grace.  The  “ 
lights  would  be  visible  from  each  side  of  the  flag,'  This  devioe, 

I  have  shown  to  a  number  of  gentlemen,  among  them  Mr.  Ohas.  D, 
Shain.and  all  have  expressed  the  believe  that  when  first  displayed 
it  would  oause  wide  comment  in  the  news  papers  and  elsewhere-  ^ 


NEW  YORK.  (2) 

If  displayed  for  the  f'irBt  tine  on  some  conspicuous 
occasion  and  place,  such  as  the  Worlds  Pair,  it  would  be  a  vary 
attractive  novelty  and  afterwards  would,.  I  believe,  be  sought  to 
a  limited  degree  for  Hotels,  Club  Houses  and  Theatres. 

My  object  4n  addressing  you  in  this  lengthy®#  fashion 
is  two-fold.-  Pirst,  1  want  to  dedicate  any  attractive 
qualitites  which  this  device  posseses,  to  add  in  a  very 
trifling  way  to  the  glory  of  Edison  institution:  for  would  it  not 
be  a  great  thing  to  float  the  first  one  to  the  breeze  over  the 
Edison  Exhibit  at  Chicago  next  year. 

Second,  I  wish  to  say  a  word  for  myself.'  Through  your 
kindness  in  writing  a  letter  on  September  14th,  1891,  recomnending 
me  to  Mr.'  Chas.  D.'  Shain,  I  secured  a  position  with  the  General 
Co.,  although  the  only  opening  at' that  time  was  here  in  the 
Pixtuns  Department,  where  I  am  very  content  to  remain,  if  some 
position  more  essentially  “Electric''  cannot  be  secured,  but  I 
believe  that  I  could  be  more  service  to  the  company  and  at  the 
same  time  gratify  my  own  inclinations  in  someother  departraant, 
such  as  Railroad,  Mining  SKC. ,  or  General  Motor,  or  Lighting  work, 
Nowf  that  some  important  changes  are  to  be  made  in  the  organization 
of  the  Company,  I  beg  that  you  will  put  me  in  way  of  entering 
some  of  the  Departments  more  electrical  or  mechanical  than  this. 
This  may  sound  a  trifle  brash, but  while  I  hope  to  advance 
merlt»  1  801  afraid  that  in  the  present  confusion  Mr.  Shain* s 



Promise  to  give  me  something  more  to  my  taste  may  be  overlooked. 

I  also  enclose  with  the  sketches,  a  phamphlet  showing  the 
grinding  machinery  of  my  Father's  design,  which  I  left  your 
labratory  to  help  my  father'*  exploit,  and  the  control  of  which  has' 
gone  into  other  hands  now,  through  lack  of  funds.  Travelling  for 
this  business  made  be  familiar  with  the  demands  of  grinding  and 
mining  industries,  which  should  be  of  use  in  some  of  the  other.,..’ 

The  subject  of  machinery  for  reducing  ores  to 
a  granular  state,  has  I  believe  been  of  much  interest  to  you 
lately  and  I  reconmend  a  perusal  of  this  phamphlet. 

Begging  your  forgiveness  for  taking  so  much  of  your 
time,  and  trusting  that  I  shall  be  favored  with  an  early  reply, 

I  remain 

Yours  very  truly, 

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General.  Company  before  the  final  government  fees  are  paid? 

There  are  also  several  other  applications  of  Messrs,  ott 
and  Kennel ly  relating  to  electric  meters  and  electric  motors* 
Should  these  also  be  assigned? 

Yours  truly, 

J,  ,  (y  . 


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•  JOZY'S//'/',  S/’YYY /?■{  EDISON  BUILDING  ) 

,  /!'/■//  '/w/: Apr-il_^2_,_18i32.. 

Thomas  A,  Edison,  Esq,, 

Orange,  Hew  Jerso y. 

Dear  Sir: 

V7o  are  about,  to  brine  suit  upon  Mr,  Johnson's  patent  Tor 
Gas  Fixture  Attachment  for  Electric  Lanya.  This  is  an  old  patent, 
of  which  Mr,  Johnson  assiened  a  half  interest  to  Bergmann  ft  Company 
some  years  nco.  It  is  necessary  to  Cot  the  title  of  the  patent  in 
the  name  of  the  Edison  General  Electric  Company,  and  I  have  drawn 
an  Assienment  of  Bercmnnn  ft  Company's  half  interest.  I  enclose 
such  Assienment  herewith, 

You  are  still  President  of  Bergmann  ft  Company,  and  I  bog 
to  ask  that  you  will  kindly  sign  your  name  as  President  at  the  end 
of  this  document,  and  hand  it  to  the  bearer. 

E,  Co, 

Edison  General  Electric  Co. 


•e  checked  with  the  i 

. . contrary  by  telephone. 

. . . Jin.  Kennelly. . 

If  time  of  Vernon  J teceiviny. 


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From  whom  received ;  Hr .  Edi  son . 
To  whom  cent:  ■  Mr#Insull. 

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'  Don,t  think:  plan  is  a  gpd'd  one,  as  the  cost  of 
feeder  will  be  heavy  and  unsuitable  afterwards,  and  the  multi- 
polars  will  be  too  small  for  regular  work  afterwards. 

Church  tells  me  that  they  have  ample  room  for  two  more 
boilers  and  I  have  suggested  to  Mr. Gorton  to  replace  seme  of  the 
small  engines  by  double  larger  engines.  The  double  engine  will 
stop  vibration.  They  are  very  much  in  fear  of  an  injunction  and 
do  not  appear  to  be  afraid  of  not  being  able  to  take  care  of  their 
load.  Unless  you  put  in  some  double  cylinder  engines  so  they  will 
balance,  I  think  you  will  get  an  injunction  on  you.  The  smallest 
expense  vill  be  to  do  this  and  use  the  old  engines  in  your  Ten¬ 

derloin  station. 

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0/o  Tho8.  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

cincinnati,  Ohio.  July  12,  1892. 

1  beg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  9th  inst., 
and  to  thank  Mr.  Edison  through  you  for  his  kindness  in  forwarding 
to  me  the  large  panel  portrait,  attached  to  which  .is  his  autograph, 
this  has. not  as  yet  reached  me,  but  I  presumeiitAjiill  come  along 
within  a  ddy  or  so,  *  % 

With  further  reference  to  the  matters  which  my  letter  re- 
f err 3d  to,  I  regret  to  state  that  the  conditions  as  they  exist  in 
this  territory^are  most  emphatically  anti-Edison;  in  the  first 
placets  Central  Thomson-Houston  Co.,  is  a  separate  and  distinct 
ooipbi^on  ,  under  the  laws  of  the  State  of  oiiq^and  operating 
nearly  all  of  the  State  of  Ohio,  all  of  Kentucky  and  the  majoi* 
part  of  Indiana.  Their  rights  with  the  parent  T-H  Co.,  cover  only 
Arc,  Inoandesbent  Lighting  and  Standard  Motors,  the  Railway  Dept., 
is  not  included  in  these  rights,  and  is  operatetfehy  a  special 
Agent  located  in  this  Office  under  the  direction  of  the  Boston 
Office.  At  the  time  of  the  consolidation  was  first  spoken  of 
instructions  were  given  to  oo-operate  with  the  Central,  T-H  Co., 
as  muoh  as  possible,  this  co-operation  was  readily  adhered  to  by 
all  of  the  Edison  representatives  but  by  none  of  the  T-H  repre- 
sentatives,  in  fact,  upon  eyery  plsmt  whiqh  we  were  working 

A.  0.  T.  #2 

our  instructions  were' not  to  out  prices,  and  in  each  instanoe  the 
pric  es  ..were:  Cut  by  the  T-H  Co.,  whioh  invariably  secured  the  con¬ 
tract.  On  June  1st  the  territory  operated  by  The  Central  T-H 
Co. ,  was  turned  over  to  them  in  so  far  as  that  territory  was  op¬ 
erated  under  the  management  of  Mr.  Beggs,  from  the  Central  Distriot 
by  the  Edison  General  Electric  Co.  One  of  the  first  things  for-: 
The  Central  T-H  Co.,  to  do  was  to  close  up  our  offices  in  Louis¬ 
ville  and  Cincinnati,  the  Cleveland  offioe  still.,  remains  open 
but  doing  no  business.  The  next  move  was  to  write  to  the  Chi¬ 
cago  office  for  a  complete  list  of  all  of  the  plants  which  the 
Edison  General  Electric  Co.'s  Agents  had  been  working  upon  in 
this  territory,  after  receiving  this  our  Agents  were  notiflied  to 
cease  all  their  efforts  upon  theseprospeetive  plants  and  imme¬ 
diately  notified  their  own  Agents  to  sxeroise  their  greatest  ef¬ 
forts  and  submit  bids  upon  T-H  apparatus,  thus  leaving  the  Edison 
interests  entirely  out  of  competition.  Early  in  June  the  Manager 
of  this  offioe,  Mr.  Paul  T.  Brady,  informed  me  that  he  would  sell 
no  more  Edison  Motors,  &r  the  reason  that  more  money  was  made  by 
this  Company  on  T-H  Motors.  During  the  past  six  weeks  I  have- 
secured  orders  for  no  less  than  30  Edison  Slow  Speed  Motors  in 
this  territory;  and  I  am  infoiroed  by  the  Management  here  that  they., 
are  under  contract  with  the  Crocker-Wheeler  Co.,  to  use  their 
Motors,  and, therefore,  cannot  fill  orders  whioh  I  have  taken  for 
Edison  Slow  Speed  Rotors,  the  result  has  been  to  shelve  this  ap¬ 
paratus.  As  regards  the  sale  of  patented  apparatus,  I  might 
state  that  this  Company  sell  all  kinds  of  lamps,  probably  more 

A.  0.  T.  #3 

.  of  the  Perkin's  manufacture  than  any  thing  else; aside  from  T-H.,,.. 
other  supplies  are  about  the  effort  or  interest  is  taken 
in  Edison  supplies.  As  regards  Standard  Motors,  I  have  just  met 

a  case  in  Louisville,  Ky.,  where  our  Chicago  Office  was  under  ob- 


ligations  to  supply  a  Motor  to  the  Louisville  Lithographing  Co. 

C  'ih  ^ 

the  local  representatives  of  thisACompany  learned  of  this  Sswt,  and 
before  the  Chicago  Office  could  make  delivery  the  local  Agents, 
Messrs.  Cooper  &  Clark  induced  them  to  take  a  T-H  Motor,  this  was 
shipped  at  once  from  this  City  and  was  in  running  order  before  the 
Edison  Motor  could  be  delivered. 

As  regards  employes  located  at  different  Edison  Offices,  at 
the  time  of  the  consolidation,  I  regret  to  say  out  of  a  total  of 
some  10  or  12  men, there  ^  but  two  left,  Mr.  Barr,  .  at  Cleveland,  0. 
and  myself,;  the  former  being  in  a  very  disgusted  condition  and  is 
about  to  accept  a  position  with  the  Westinghouse  Co.,  and  with 
myself  I  can  scarcely  see  any  thing  ahead  for  me  to  do  but  resign¬ 
ing,  for  the  reason  that  every  thing  has  been  taken  out  of  my  hands, 

I  have  no  Jurisdiction  over  anything,  and  am  to  speak  plainly  prao- 
<.  //  '  S 

tioally  froze  out,  however,  I  have  a  60  day  contraot  upon  a 

$3000.00  a  year  basis  and  as  yet  have  received  no  notice  that  my 
services  were  not  required. 

The  enclosed  inforoiation  I  hand  you  in  confidenoe^nd  for  the 
reason  that  it  is  requested,  further-more,  because  you  should  be 
made  aware  of  these  conditions.  I  have  only  out-lined  that  whioh 
has  been  evident  and  you  can  readily  imagine  that  -a  great  deal  more 
has  been  done  sub-rosa. 

A.  0.  T.  #4 

If  there  is  anything  further  upon  this  subject  which  you 
should  like  me  to  communicate  to  you  I  shall  only  be  too  glad  to 
do  so,  for  as  I  stated  in  my  previous  letter  1  have  devoted  12 
years  in  the  interest  of  the  Edison  Co.,  been  through  its  different 
stages  from  beginning  to  what  seems  to  be  the  end,  and  I  trust  you 
will  appreciate  that  I  have  proven  myself  somewhat  of  a  success 
else  I  would  not  have  remained  for  so  long  a  period.  Three  years 
of  this  time  I  spent,  in. i Europe  and  was  taken  there  by  Mr.  E.  H. 
Johnson,  at  the  time  of  the  establishment  of  the  London  Office, 
therefore,  if  in  the  near  future  you  can  find  a  position  for  me 
either  at  home  or  abroad,  I  can  assure  you  that  I  shall  devote  my 
best  energies  and  constant  service  in  your  interests. 

Yours  respectfully. 

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My  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

I  enolosd  a  sample  *f  a  tropical  plant  whioh  has 
been  sent  to  me  .  I  would  be  pleased  to  have  your  opinion  as 

to  the  value  of  this  for  filaments.  ^  _ 

eat6n  a  uewi 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Orange,  Mew  Jersey 

■bear  Sir: 


(r/r .fa/sf. - August  -3Q,Vl892, 


a  We  have  been  for  some  time  past  engaged  in  straight 

by'S/Edison6  Seac"ric  ?iS1^i1Li0ti?«S^a^St^,,d 

fen-ed  to  ooe  or  the  other  of  0“mp 

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« »»  .«s«,*i,^s;.rL*s  i£i*rsrsa. 

Company,  and  the  other  covering  patents  which  are  assignable  to  the 

in  the  urefen81  “*•«.  W1U  you  3<indl*  execute  these^ssignmmts 
n  the  presence  of  a  witness,  then  return  the  same  to  me  so  that  I 

CompanHs!  re°°rded  “d  handed  t0  th6  proper  °^cials  of  Xe 

You  may  ask  whether  you  are  obliged  to  „od»n  +v,=„- 
^^-wering  this  question,  I  assume  L  a  fact  tSt  Xe 
^  uses  of  taking  out  these  patents  and  your  experimental  aid 
laboratory  expenses,  have  all  been  paid  by  the  Sght  To.  LTio. 

lZi:re%rly»» 1  as9ume  thatmy  iong 

anuary  7,  1889,  addressed  and  sent  to  you,  correctly  states  your 
legal  obligation  in  the  premises,  so  far  as  the  light  Co.  is  con¬ 
cerned.  The  purport  of  that  opinion  was  that  as  regards  invention* 
“f  «,  1886,  A  .r.  eotiUed  to 

"B  T,Hl?tafJ'lyuael’:ed  upon’  or»  in  default  thereof,  to  be  fixed  by 
arbitration  .  This  applies,  in  my  opinion,  to  all  inventions  mado 

'  Aerp1"  Ja"uaTy  ^  I886’  md  Prior  t0  the  time  whetl  the  laboratory 
Sr"S»  en  f"  l-  IS9'\t°°k  B»*  asreement  eove^a 

T-rfp4^’  al]  inyention3  T/hich  you  were  then  “engaged  in  making 
or  perfecting  .  Now,  as  I  understand  it,  all  of  the  inventions 

covered  by  the  assignmait  to  the  light  Co.  sent  to  you  herewith 
were  made  after  January  12,  1886,  and  before  the  Laboratory  Agree¬ 
ment  took  effect.  Jlence  you  are  not  obliged  to  assign  said  patents 
to  the  Light  Co.,  unless  it  be  with  the  understanding  that  the 
Light  Co.  shall  compensate  you  as  above  mentioned. 

As  regards  the  enclosed  assignmait  to  the  E.G.E.Co., 
the  inventions  covered  by  the  patents  included  in  this  assignaartt 
are  governed  by  the  Laboratory  Agreement.  My  understanding  is 
that  all  of  these  inventions  come  under  the  language  of  that  agree¬ 
ment  which  I  have  quoted  above.  Consequently  you  are  obliged  to 
execute  this  agsignment  to  the  E.G.E.Co. 

While  on  the  matter  of  your  relations  with  the  Light 
Co.,  let  me  take  occasion  to  repeat  what  you,  Mr.  Insull  and  I 
have  often  tal'  ed  about,  viz:  that  the  Light  Co.  ought  to  give  you 
a  release  from  your  existing  obligation  to  turn  inventions  over  to 
it.  In  my  opinion  given  you  under  date  of  Jnuary  7,  1889,  mention 
ed  above,  I  stated  that  you  were  obliged  to  turn  over  to  the  Light 
Co.,  for  a  consideration,  all  your  inventions  made  between  January 
12,  1886,  and  November  15,  1895.  But  how  can  you  do  this  now  that 
you  have  made  the  Laboratory  Agreement  of  October  I,  1890,  with  the 
E.G.E.Co?  Your  promise  to  that  company  conflict  with  your  older 
promises  to  the  Light  Co.  Hence  the  Light  Co.  ou$it  to  give  you  a 
release,  at  least  so  far  as  these  conflicting  promises  are  concern¬ 
ed.  Possibly  Mr.  Insull  has  already  obtained  such  a  release  from 
the  Light  Co.  I  shall  write  to  him  and  ask  whether  he  has. 

Referring  agai  n  to  the  enclosed  Proposed  assi gnment 
to  the  Light  Co.,  you  might  make  the  occasion  of  this  document  bei® 
presented  to  you,  a  reason  for  raising  this  whole  question,  viz: 
as  to  what  compensation  you  are  fairly  entitled  to  fran  the  Light 
Co.  for  inventions  and  patents  between  January  12,  .i886,  aid  the 
time  when  the  Laboratory  Agreement  of  October  I,  1890,  took  effect. 
When  that  question  is  raised,  your  release  ought  to  be  executed 
by  the  Light  Company,  if  it  has  not  already  been  done. 

Whether  you  want  to  raise  the  above  qxestion  no v/, 
or  wait  until  the  subject  of  your  disposing  of  your  fbreign  patents 
to  the  new  General  Electric  Company  is  considered,  is  for  you  to 
decide.  So  also  you  must  decide  whether  in  view  of  what  I  have 
stated  in  this  letter,  you  will  now  execute  the  enclosed  assign¬ 
ment  to  the  Light  Co.  I  think  there  is  no  doubt  but  what  you  ought 
to  execute  the  enclosed  assignmait  to  the  E.G.E.Co.  at  any  rate. 

I  shall  sen!  a  copy  of  this  letter  to  Mr.  Instill, 
as  he  has  charge  of  negotiating  a  final  settlement  between  you  and 
the  new  General  Electric  Company. 

Please  excuse  this  long  letter,  but  the  subject  does 
not  admit  of  shorter  treatment. 


Baltimore  Md.  Oct.  5,  1892. 

T.  A.  Edison 

I  congratulate  you  on  having  justice  done  you  at  last. 
Have  ordered  a  champagne  lunch  for  ray  friends  and  we  are  cele¬ 



Harrson,  N.J.  Oct. 18,1892 

To  A.  0.  Tate,  Esq.  *  Private  Secretary,  I'.A.EdiBon. 

Dear  Sir : 

ojCEIVfi £> 


In  reply  to  your  favor  of  the  ibth.we  beg  to  state  that 
everything  in  re  ard  to  the  savings  effected  by  Mr.  Edison* s  improve¬ 
ments  has  been  settled  up  to  Jan. 1st, 1892,  and  as  Boon  as  our  books  are 
closed,  we  will  prepare  a  statement  bringing  the  account  down  to  Oct. 

1st,  1892.  We  expect  to  have  this  ready  within  a  few  days. 

In  regard  to  the  bills  for  services  at  Marion,  I  beg  to  state 
that  I  can  do  nothing  in  regard  to  them  aB  this  matter  is  now  in  the  hands 
of  the  General  Company. 


General  5 

No  enc. 


Oct.  27,  1392. 

0.  Tate,  Esq.,  Sec. 

T.  A.  Rdison, 

Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

^ECE  iy- 

[  0CT2si892  _ 

pear  Sir:- 

In  further  reply  to  y air  recent  favor  I  beg  to  enclose"" 
herewith  a  Statement  showing  the  saving. effected  by  Mr.  Edison's 
improvements  from  January  1st  to  September  30th,  1892,  the  one 
fifth  (1/6)  part  of  which  is  $3,383.58. 

I  also  enclose  a  Statement  shaving  the  average  cost 
of  Carbons  for  the  two  (2)  years  ending  August  31,  1392  and  State¬ 
ment  showing  saving  effected  by  Mr.  Edison's  improvements  on  one 
mill ion (1,000, 000)  lamps.  This,  you  will  notice,  is  for  the  year 
ending  Sept emher  30,  1392  and  is  made  up  on  the  basis  of  our  Cost 
Sheet  and  taking  the  current  market  price  of  Platinunyal,  the  first 
of  each  month. 

Die .  by 

Yours  very  truly. 

General  Manager^  ^ 


Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange ,  t 
Dear  Sir: 

V/e  beg  t 
to  Edison  General 
to  you  October  11 

This  is  i 
Electric  Company 
you  kindly  execui 
and  return  it  to 


^ (edison  building) 

Enc . 

. yl/r/f- fa//?:; — Nov, -19,  1892.- 

>  Esq,, 
few  Jersey, 

o  hand  you  herewith  a  form  of  assignment  by  you 
Electric  Company  of  patent  No.  484,183,  issued 
,  1892,  for  improvement  in  Electrical  Depositing 

one  of  the  patents  to  which  the  Edison  General 
is  entitled  under  the  Laboratory  agreement.  Will 
te  the  assignment,  in  the  presence  of  a  witness, 

Very  truly  yours. 

E.  Co.  % 

1892.  Electric  Light  -  Foreign  (D-92-26) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
electric  light  business  in  foreign  countries.  There  are  several  letters  by 
Sherburne  B.  Eaton,  Edison’s  personal  attorney  and  general  counsel  to  the 
Edison  Electric  Light  Co.,  pertaining  to  the  assignment  of  Edison’s  electric 
light  and  electric  railway  patents  to  the  Edison  &  Swan  United  Electric  Light 
Co.,  Ltd.  Other  letters  by  Eaton  concern  the  status  of  Canadian  and  Spanish 
patents.  Also  included  is  a  series  of  letters  by  Grosvenor  P.  Lowrey,  attorney, 
and  Samuel  Flood  Page,  deputy  chairman  of  the  Edison  &  Swan  company’ 
regarding  a  shareholders’  dispute  with  the  company. 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed  except  for  one  untranslated  foreign- 
language  document  and  two  letters  of  transmittal. 


Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 
Dear  Sir: 

/V  t/JsV'ffrf .  edison  building) 

July- _ 13,-IS  92 . 

I  have  already  told  you  that  I  am  getting  up  a  re- 
aid  ftoVJou  EUr°PSan  Patents  for  Mr*  Coffin,  and  that  I  would  need 

0  siictun,  tne  raison  &  Swan  Co •  acquired 

an  option  on  all  your  patents  and  inventions  after  February  18,1893 
said  option  to  be  availed  of  after  three  months  notice  from  you 
if  default  whereof  you  can  sell  the  patents  to  others. 

„  ^  _  Have  y°u  ever  given  to  the  English  Company  since 

February  18,  1892,  any  notice,  and  if  so,  what  ? 

Has  the  English  Company  ever  acted  on  such  notices 
and, if  so, tq  what  extent,  and  as  to  what  patents  ?  My  objective 
point  m  asking  thias  to  find  out  just  what  you  now  own,  that  is 
to  say  just  what  you  have  the  right  to  sell. 

*  am  told  that  for  business  reasons  my  report  must 
be  finished  within  a  week  or  two,  for  all  of  Europe,  so  please  give 
me  the  above  information  as  promptly  as  may  be.  In  due 'time  I 
shall  ask  you  for  further  information  about  the  Continent. 

Awaiting  your  early  reply,  I  remain, 



New  York  City,  July  14,  i89S. 

Dear  Mr,  Edison: 

.  ,  ^  „  JThe  annexed  copy  of  my  l’ecent  letter  to  Mr.  Greene 

about  the  Spanish  Colonial  Edison  Patents  will  interest  you. 

Very  truly  yours, 


V/  •  Sj/y'fff/.  f/yf f  / (EDISON  BUILDING) 

,y(r//Cfas/£,_3& ly_I4,I891i 

a  si  Kt  ant  Ooneral  5 

Dear  Sir : 

Re  Alison  Patents  in  Seat  Indies.  ncwlyin*-  to 
your  question,  t-:bro  is  no  information  in  this  country  full’  onourit 
to  pns  >lo  us  to  oay  just  what  tho  present  status  of  these'  Spanish' 
patents  is.  So  far  as  trie  West  Indies  is  concerned,  they  bo  Ion  r- 
uo  the  Alison  Spanish  Colonial  .Company ,  of  which  Mr.  Arango  is  now 
T;,ut  *>■?«*  has  net  kept  track  of  its  patent 
nff  ■  ,V',C  vovy  eioaoly  although  they  have  recontiy 

ob . -me cl  ii-oir.  r.;r.drid*l%^iot  of  Edison  Spanish  Patents,  sixty  one 
m  number,  but  of  which  only  thirteen  are  still  in  force,  the  re¬ 
mainder  having  oithor  lapsed  or  boon  cancelled.  Among  those  in' 
force  is  tho  Filament' Patent . 

¥/e  pji  another  list  of  Spanish  Patents  in  tho  of- 
•10°  ^,"yor  Sooly *  uhor/irie  forty -three  patents.  You' see  there 
1:.:  a  difference  of  oirhteon  patents  between  tlio  above  two  lists. 
Poesibly  they  are  for  inventions  other  titan  olootric  light  J'  -at 
and  power.  The  only  way  wc  can  determine  this  is  to  write  to 

,  If  you  think  It  worth  while ,  why  not  lo$  mo  send  to 
faadrid  and  get  a  full  list  of  tho  Edison  Patents  with  detailed  in¬ 
formation  as  to  each.  Then  I  oan  give  you  a  Tollable  report  as  to 
the  prosont  status  of  tho  Edison  patents  in  the  Y/cst  Indies  I 
enclose,  however,  a  list  of  patents  checked  off  from  the  above  two 
lists,  which  is  probably  reliable. 

Awaiting  your  further  instructions,  I  remain. 



Pat  .Ho . 


in-ant  ocl 





July  14- 


Oct .  4 

Cone  rat  ora,  lamps,  I!e- 


Doc.  23 


Mar.  12 

tors,  Hotor3,  Secon¬ 
dary  Batteries. 


Hot  in  forco 

In  force. 



Jan.  10 

Fob .  20 




Apr.  29 


Jan.  2 

lamps  and  Sockets. 

Hot  in  forco 


Hay  13 


Hov .  10 

System.  . 

In  fo  rod 


Oct.  25 


Feb .  21 

Dynamos  and  Motors. 

Hot  in  force 


ITov.  29 

Apr .  26 


In  force' 


Hov.  27 

Apr.  2 


Not  iri  forco 


Deo .  6 

Apr.  2 





Mar .  29 

Jvmo  27 




May  21 

Sopt .  5 

lamps . 

•  0  -  • 


Juno  2 




Hay  17 

July  21 


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July  9 

Sopt .  1ft 




July  21 

ITov. .  2 

Arc  lamps 



Aug.  ft 





Pat  .;io . 


Orem  tod 




July  26 

Nov .  2 


Hot  in  force 

17  SI 

July  29 


Roffulation  Oc-norators 
and  Motors. 

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Aug.  5 





Aug.  22 

Dec,  12  ■ 




Sept. 22 

Feb.  24 




Oct.  11 

Jan.  28 

Conductors . 

In  force 


Oct.  20 


Peculation  Dynamos 
and  Motors 

■Tot  in  foi*oo 


Oct.  29 

Mar .  3 




ITov ,  3 

Fob.  24 


In  foroo 





Not  in  foroo 



oJTjC  E 1 V 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Dear  Sir: 

Re  English  Patents.  Since  writing  you  on  the  I3th 
inst.  asking  for  information,  X  have  come  across  a  copy  of  your 
letter  of  November  9th,  I88G,  to  Secretary  Flood.  Page  of  the  Edi¬ 
son  Swan  Co, relating  to  your  English  Patents,  also  the  original  re¬ 
ply  from  the  same  party  to  you  dated  May  10th,  1887.  I  send  these 
references  thinking  they  may  assist  your  office  in  hunting  up  the 
desired  information.  Will  you  kindly  toll  me-. jtist.  v/  patents 
the  Edison-Sv/an  Co.  acquired  pursuant  to  this  correspondence ,  as 
well  as  otherwise.  Did  any  of  the  patents  which  you  thus  assigned 
boar  date  subsequent  to  February  18,  1882,  and  if  so,  what? 

I  find  an  important  statement  made  in  the  above  let¬ 
ter  <f  May  10th,  1807,  from  Flood  Page  to  you,  viz:  that  his  Com¬ 
pany  "has'  nothing  whatever  to  do  with  your  electric  railway  patents^ 
and  that  they  therefore  decline- to  reimburse  you  therefor.  Flocd 
Page  now  tells  Philip  Dyer  that  his  Company  claims  your  electric 
railway  inventions.  Thus  the  above  extract  becomes  important. 

Will  you  kindly  see  that  this  matter  receives  early 
attention,  if  agreeable,  and  oblige, 

<0  ^ 


:ssr  ~^«*  M-„,„/s  ,5$.  n  BUIL0INB) 

- „ - July  20,  1893^/J^_ 

My  Dear  Edison: 

I  have  youra  of  the  7th» 

I  am  a  »B"  shareholder  but  I  have  no  copy  of  the  agreement 
under  which  the  »B«  shares  were  issued.  My  impression  is  that 
they  remain  participants  in  all  the  property  of  the  Company  after 
the  expimtion  of  the  patents,  but  I  am  not  sure.  J.  Hood 
Wright  is  now  in  Europe,  where  he  will  remain  until  Novenber.  He 
ia  a  considerable  *B*  shareholder.  I  s^at  ttet  he  should  be 
written  to,  and  if  you  appwve,  I  will  write  to  him  and  ask  him  to 
look  into  this.  if  you  have  a  copy  of  the  articles  of  the  Com¬ 

pany  or  of  the  proceedings  constituting  it,  I  will  oone  out  and 
examine  them,  %*nd  sane  one  out  for  that  purpose. 

My  plan  is  to  begin  my  vacation  on  the  last  day  of  this  month 
and  be  gone  for  two  months. 

It  would,  of  course,  be  impossible  to  have  an  opinion  in 
ponse  to  your  question  without  better  information. 

I  had  ceased  entirely  to  think  of  these  »B*  shares,  finding 
thoughts  about  them  irritating  and  unpleasant,  without  return. 

Bver  Sincerely  j 

T.  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  JJ.J. 

erely  xours , 



/rw/ry.  -  C/frv/r 

*^,A  78*~~-+42%Me 

.  . .  July  28,  1892tf-7j? 

J»y  Dear  Sir: 

s.Mol  J  J^0?58®  °5py  of  letter  which  I  have  written  to  Maj. 

555 oSSSt?*"'  p“v  <”,alman  of  th* saisfa  4  <=*■» 

if  vJS  E?!  10,1  8eve"al  days  ag0  ln  reply  to  your  note, asking 
Bf/“  *? d  a  c  °Py  of  the  Articles  of  the  Assoc ia Hole/  "you  will 

H  ~  -  r“--  iTiSsi  ::r  wr«i« 
-*sr.‘is  arrr 

Se\h£  taS"  ®  ^eUshmen,  nor  anything  else,  *hen  they  ha t» 

I  shall  be  absent  from  the  City  after  Friday  next  for* 
months  but  letters  will  be  forward  to  me!  aS  x  % 

^ich^o^a^’i^^^’331^  Wlth  pleasure»  attend  to  any  matter  in 
vtoieh  you  are  interested,  even  though  it  calls  me  to  town* 

Very  truly  Yours, 

A.  Edison,  Esq,, 

Orange,  New  Jemey, 



Dear  sir: 

I  ai:i  to-Oa y  in  receip  t  of  the  Vinth  Annual  Report  o  f  your 
Corn;,  any ,  togo  tii-ii'  with  an  enclosure  of  blank  proxy,  zo  vo  to  at  oho 
general  moo  ting  of  the  12th  of  July,  anti  note  with  inte  tost  “this 
P i-oxy,  to  be  available  all  the  rnee  tiny;,  should  bo  sent  lo  the  Secre¬ 
tary  so  as  to  roach  him  not  later  than  by  the  first  post  on  Sat  - 
:-ixlay  morning,  10th  July,  130;!.“  A  reference  to  the  Report  loci 
mo  to  loch  for  a  copy  of  the  Articles  of  the  Association,  but  I 
find  chat  if  I  ever  had  any,  it  has  boon  mislaid.  I  received 
inquiries  f  rot  :•  r.  Edison  latol  y  which  make  is  desirable  that  I 
should  road  those  articlos,  and  I  would  be  glad  if  you  would  sand 
.me  a  copy  if  trie  y  are  printed.  You  would  be  within  your  right, 

P crimps,  to  refer  me  to  the  official  report  for  information  about 
the  affairs  of  this  company;  nevertheless  I  would  bo  glad  to  heal¬ 
ths  expression  of' your  opinion  upon  the  question  of  whether  B, 
shares  arc  wci-th  any  thing,  or  are  are r  to  be  worth  anything. 

It  has  been  unpleasantly  intimatod  to  me  that  the  Company 
has  been  manarod  with  die  purposo  of  expending  funds  which  B. 
share  holders  had  a  right  to  see  divided  in  the  erection  of  facto¬ 
ries,  etc.,  which  after  the  expiration  of  the  patent,  will  enable 
tbo  A.  shareholders  to  continue  to  receive  their  income,  but 
which  will  probably  give  nothing  whatever  to  B.  shares. 

I  shall  forward  a  copy  of  this  letter  to  jjr.  Edison  and  anoth¬ 
er  to  hi'.  J.  Kocd  Wright,  who  is  now  in  Europe. 

Very  truly  Yours, 

hajV  Samuel  Flood  Pago, 

1’ho  Edison-Swan  United  Electric  Bight  Company, 

100  Victoria  Street,  London,  S.W. 



•  fr// 

- August  19,1892. 



Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Dear  Sir: 

of  the  Ian,  ““  in1re“BiPt  °*  Private  Secretary  Tate's  letter 

s-  sl 

let  ter^Lid^tr^b?  ienew®1  fees  on  the  Patents  mentioned  in  their 

°  r  a^-s  wish 

SSS  5;2S%Sg.T pay  the  ronewal  fees  rath-  th-^e  the 

most  oi  the  people  I  wish  to  consult  being  away  on  vacation! 

In  due  time  1  shall  report  to  you  at  length. 


Ai'  .3  y(hv>ftr/' ■.jfe&Kmt.  Miiumo)  *j\teurQfarfi< 

_ October  11,.  1892  /?{/_ 

Dear  sir; 

Mr.  lowrey  directs  me  to  enclose  you  copies  of  two  letters 
written  by  him  to  Major  Elood  Page,  and  one  copy  from  Major  Elood 


J^Afo-y  w&vef,  jj-M* , 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 


|>|j  OCT  13  1D»!  f4| 
MV— — - 18 


July  26,  1392. 

Deal’  Sir:- 

I  am  to-day  in  receipt  of  the  Ninth  Annual  Report  of  your 
Company,  together  with  an  enclosure  of  blank  proxy,  to  vote  at  the 
general  meeting  of  the  19th  of  July,  and  note  with  interest  "this 
proxy  to  be  available  at  the  meeting,  should  be  sent  to  the  Secre¬ 
tary  so  as  to  reach  him  not  later  than  by  the  first  post  on  Sat¬ 
urday  morning,  16th  July,  1892."  Areference  to  the  Report  led  mo 
to  look  for  a  copy  of  the  Articles  of  the  Association,  but  X  find 
that  if  I  ever  had,  any,  it  has  been  mislaid.  I  received  in¬ 
quiries  from  Mr.  Edison  lately  which  make  it  desirable  that  I 
should  read  those  Articles,  and  J  would  be  glad  if  you  would  send 
me  a  copy  if  they  are  printed.  You  would  be  within  your  right 
perhaps,  to  refer  me  to  the  official  report  for  information  about 
the  affairs  of  this  Company;  nevertheless  Iwould  be  glad  to  hear 
the  expression  of  your  opinion  upon  the  question  of  whether  B. 
shares  are  worth  anything,  or  are  ever  to  be  worth  anything. 

It  has  been  unpleasantly  intimated  to  me  that  the  Company 
has  been  managed  with  the  purpose  of  expending  funds  which  E. 
share  holders  had  a  right  to  see  divided  in  the  erection  of  facto¬ 
ries,  etc.,  which,  after  the  expiration  of  the  patent,  v/ill  enable 
the  A.  share  holders  to  continue  to  receive  their  income,  but 
which  will  probably  give  nothing  whatever  to  B.  shares. 

I  shall  forward  a  copy  of  this  letter  to  Mr.  Edison  and  anoth¬ 
er  to  Mr.  J.  HoodV/right,  who  is  now  in  Europe. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed)  Grosvenor  Lowrey. 

Maj .  Samuel  Flood  Page, 

The  Edison-Swan  United  Electric  Light  Company, 
100  Victoria  Street,  London,  S.  V/. 



Great  Malvern, 

12th  August  1892. 

Dear  sir; 

Your  letter  of  26th  ultimo  has  been  forwarded  to  me  her*  where 

rLamoreyinV°  S<3t  rld.0f  Pera*atent  neuralgia  which  has  stuck  to 
more  or  less  ever  since  I  recovered  from  influenza 

,1c*1  no*®,that/ou  wlafc  have  a  copy  of  the  Articles  of  Asso¬ 
ciation  of  the  Edison  &  Swan  Company  and  I  will  write  to-day 
asking  the  Secretary  (Mr.  H.  C.  Rover)  to  post  you  a  copy  '  r  do 
not  know  from  what  source  you  have  received  the  intimation  as  to 
the  expenditure  of  the  Company,  which  has  led  to  your  penning  the 
last  sentence  but  one  of  your  letter,  but  there  is  no  ^oundaUon 
for  the  suggestion  that  any  expenditure  has  been  made  whita  is 
not  strictly  in  accordance  with  the  Articles  of  Association 

You  ask  me  whether  in  my  opinion  the  »B"  shares  are  worth 
anything,  or  are  even  to  be  worth  anything."  when  I  first  be¬ 
came  connected  with  the  Company  the  "A"  shares  were  of  a  nominal 
value  of  a  few  shillings,  and  the  »B»  shares  were'  manifes tly  not 
worth  anything.  Thanks  to  the  courage  of  the  Chairman  and  Di- 

to  Cr*io2in,W°  ah6ir  !ighting  the  Patents  in  the  Courts,  and 
!  I  ooatlnukl  and  continuous  attention  to  business,  the  "A" 
*fVe  received  a  very  large  proportion  of  the  arrears  of  the 
Cumulative  preference  Dividend  of  7  per  cent  per  annum  This 
of  course,  has  improved  the  chance  of  the  »B"  shares;  but  the  Key 

be  maLrfP^eS  1°**  bef°re  Whi°h  th<?  PrlCe  0f  the  laD1P8  must 
be  materially  reduced,  and  l  do  not  think  that  any  one  can  be 

uriLs  SS  t0Jh°  t&illty  °f  the  Company  with  the  reduced 

capital  5hinearg  tUre  t0  eam  m°re  than  7  per  cent  on  its  "A” 
is  “"W  ™  «»"  whloh  I  Kiv. 

1  am,  Dear  Sir, 

Yours  faithfully, 

(Signed)  s.  Blood  Page, 

Grosvenor  Lowrey,  Esq. 


('  ;JAVWABP  * ) 


11,  1892 

De$r  sir; 

^received  yours  of  the  12th  of  August  In  which  you 
kindly  say  that  you  will  write  that  day,  asking  the  Secretary, 

Mr-  H*  GovBr>  to  post  me  a  copy  of  the  Articles  of  the  Asso¬ 
ciation.  I  have  not  received  the  copy,  and  presuning  it  has 
been  overlooked  will  ask  your  attention  again  to  the  matter. 

You  will  have  heard,  doubtless,  that  upon  appeal  the  U.  S 
filament  of  carbon  patent  of  Mr.  Edison,  has  been  sustained  in 
this  circuit.  This  probably  puts  an  end  to  the  litigation,  al¬ 
though  it  is  legally  competent  for  the  Supreme  Court  or  th«  Cir¬ 
cuit  Court  of  Appeals  to  order  an  appeal  to  the  first  named  Court. 

Very  truly  Yours, 

Maj.  S.  Flood  Page, 

c/o  Edison  &  Swan  Electric  Light  Company, 
100  Victoria  Street,  London,  S.  W. 



44  (Eo,SON  building) 

...  fr/r //r//' , _ Dec.  8th. ,  1892 

A.O.  Tate,  Esq.,  Private  Secretary, 
Orange,  N.J. , 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  are  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  5th.  inst. 
in  regard  to  the  matter  of  certain  patents  which  the  Edison  & 
Swan  Company,  of  London,  England,  had  decided  to  allow  to 
lapse  by  reason  of  non-payment  of  annuities.  The  papers  were 
looked  into  by  Major  Eaton,  and  as  the  expiration  of  these  pat¬ 
ents  would  notfaffect  the  life  of  the  corresponding  U.S.  patents, 
the  General  Company  decided  not  to  pay  the  annuities  to  keep  the 
English  patents  alive,  and  the  matter  was  therefore  dropped. 

Trusting  this  information  will  be  satisfactory,  we 


Very  truly  yours,^/^? 

Ed.  Cos.  C. 

1892.  Electric  Light  -  General  Electric  Company  (D-92-27) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  General  Electric  Co.,  formed  in  1892  by  a  merger  of  the 
Edison  General  Electric  Co.  and  the  Thomson-Houston  Electric  Co.  Included 
are  a  circular  letter  to  company  shareholders  regarding  bonds  offered  for 
subscription,  a  copy  of  the  license  agreement  used  by  the  company,  and  a  letter 
pertaining  to  the  loan  of  Edison  library  material  for  use  in  pending  litigation. 
There  is  also  a  copy  of  a  letter  from  the  Westinghouse  Electric  and 
Manufacturing  Co.  concerning  an  agreement  between  Westinghouse  and 

All  the  documents  have  been  filmed. 

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New  York  and  Boston,  May  i6th,  1S92. 

To  the  Shareholders  of  this  Company  and  to  the  Holders  of  Receipts 
issued  by  the  New  York  Guaranty  &  Indemnity  Company  and  the 
Old  Colony  Trust  Company,  exchangeable  for  Shares  of  this  Com- 

Offices  of  the  GENERAL  ELECTRIC  COMPANY, 

44  Broad  Street,  New  York, 

620  Atlantic  Avenue,  Boston, 

May  16,  1892. 

This  Company  has  authorized  the  creation  of  a  series  of  not  exceeding  ten 
thousand  5  per  cent.  Gold  Coupon  Debenture  Bonds,  for  One  Thousand  Dollars  each 
(total  $10,000,000);  principal  payable  June  1,  1922;  interest  payable  June  1  and 
December  1,  in  each  year;  both  payable  in  gold  coin  of  the  United  States,  of  the 
present  standard  of  weight  and  fineness,  at  the  offices  or  agencies  of  the  Company  hi 
the  cities  of  Boston  and  New  York,  at  the  option  of  the  holder,  without  deduction  from 
either  principal  or  interest  of  any  taxes  which  the  Company  may  be  required  to  pay  or 
retain  therefrom  by  any  present  or  future  law. 

The  bonds  may  be  registered  as  to  principal  on  the  botks  of  the  Company  in 
Boston  and  New  York.  Li  1  tjf  \ 

They  further  provide  that  if  the  Company  shall  at  any  time  mortgage  its  prop¬ 
erty,  said  bonds,  if  then  outstanding,  shall  be  secured  by  such  mortgage,  ratably  with 
any  and  all  other  indebtedness  secured  thereby. 

The  Company  hereby  offers  to  holders  of  its  common  and  preferred  stock, 
of  record  on  the  books  of  the  Company  at  the  close  of  business  May  27th, 
1892,  and  to  holders  of  the  receipts  issued  by  the  New  York  Guaranty  &  Indemnity 
Company  of  New  York  and  the  Old  Colony  Trust  Company  of  Boston,  exchangeable 
for  stock  of  this  Company,  of  record  on  the  books  of  said  New  York  Guaranty  & 
Indemnity  Company  and  the  Old  Colony  Trust  Company  at  the  close  of  business  May 
27th,  .892,  the  right  to  subscribe  for  $4,000,000  of  said  Gold  Debenture  Bonds  (which 
are  all  that  it  is  intended  to  issue  at  present),  at  $950  and  accrued  interest,  for  each 
bond  of  $1,000. 

Any  of  the  $4,000,000  of  Bonds  hereby  offered  for  subscription  may  be  converted, 
at  any  time  at  the  option  of  the  respective  holders,  into  shares  of  the  common  capital 
stock  of  the  General  Electric  Company  at  the  rate  of  one  share  of  stock  for  each 
$120  bonds,  and  such  right  to  convert  is  endorsed  on  each  bond. 

Subscriptions  will  be  received  hereunder  for  any  amount  of  said  bonds,  but  each 
record-holder  of  the  stock  of  this  Company  and  of  said  receipts  shall  be  entitled  to 
have  allotted  to  him,  up  to  the  amount  of  his  subscription,  one  of  said  bonds  at  the 
price  above  named,  for  every  eighty-five  shares  of  the  stock  of  this  Company, 
Preferred  or  Common,  standing  in  his  name  at  the  date  above  named,  or  (if  he  is  a 
holder. of  such  receipts)  for  every  eighty-five  shares  of  the  stock  of  this  Company, 
Preferred  or  Common,  to  which  the  receipts  then  standing  in  his  name  entitle  him. 
The  remaining  bonds  subscribed  for  will  be  allotted  among  those  who  shall  have  sub¬ 
scribed  for  an  excess  of  bonds,  as  nearly  upon  the  basis  of  their  several  and  respective 
holdings  m  the  stock  of  this  Company  or  in  said  receipts,  as  is  practicable,  and  sub¬ 
scribers.  wil|  be  duly  notified  of  such  allotment. 

The  holding  of  eighty-five  shares  or  some  multiple  thereof  will  be  necessary  to 
entitle  one  to  make  a  subscription. 

All  subscriptions  must  be  filed  on  or  before  twelve,  o’clock  on  the  7th  day  of 
June,  1892,  and  no  subscriptions  thereafter  received  will  be  considered. 

The  transfer  books  of  thcCompany,  as  also  the  transfer  books  for  said  receipts, 

.  will  be  closed  from  May  28  to  June  7,  both  days  inclusive. 

Each  subscriber  to  whom  bonds  are  allotted  must  pay  for  the  same  at  the  rate 
above  provided  (namely,  $950  and  accrued  interest  per  bond)  as  follows,  viz  :  the 
sum  of  $476.46  per  bond  on  the  sad  day  of  June,  1892,  and  $478.54  per  bond  on/ 
the  2 2d  day  of  July,  1892. 

The  final  payment  for  any  bonds  allotted  under  this  circular  may  be  made,  at 
the  option  of  the  subscriber,  at  any  time  prior  to  July  22,  1892,  with  accrued  interest 
to  the  date  of  such  payment. 

Any  subscriber  who  shall  fail  to  make  payments  as  aforesaid,  shall,  at  the  option 
of  this  Company,  lose  his  right  to  the  bonds  subscribed  for. 

Payments  must  be  made  in  cash  or  by  certified  check  to  the  order  of  the  General 
Electric  Company,  either  at  the  New  York  Guaranty  &  Indemnity  Company,  in  New 
York,  or  at  the  Old  Colony  Trust  Company,  in  Boston. 

The  bonds  will  be  deliverable  at  the  offices  of  the  Trust  Companies  above  named, 
on  the  22d  day  of  July,  1S92,  upon  the  last  payment  on  any  subscription,  and  the  sur¬ 
render  of  the  receipts  issued  for  prior  payments  on  that  subscription.  Each  Trust  Com¬ 
pany  will  deliver  only  the  bonds  for  which  payments  have  been  made  to  it. 

The  entire  issue  of  bonds  to  the  amount  of  $4,000,000  hereby  offered  has  been 

A  printed  form  of  subscription,  with  blanks  for  amounts,  is  enclosed  herewith. 

It  should  be  sent,  properly  filled  up  and  executed,  to  that  one  of  said  Trust  Companies 
at  whose  office  the  subscriber  desires  to  pay  for  and  receive  his  bonds. 

By  order  of  the  Board  of  Directors, 




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Dear  Sir: — 

In  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the 
circular  of  May  16th,  1S92,  issued  by  this  Company, 
you  have  been  allotted  on  your  subscription  $ 
of  the  Company’s  Five  Per  Cent.  Gold  Debenture 

Payment  for  the  same  must  be  made  in  accordance 
with  the  terms  of  said  circular  at  the  office  of  the 
New  York  Guaranty  and  Indemnity  Company, 
with  which  your  subscription  was  filed. 

Very  truly, 


E.  I.  Garfield,  Secretary. 

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New  York.  August  4th,  1892, 

T,  A,  Edison,  : 



AUq  5  io 

ORANGE,  ^2^ 

N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

By  direction  of  the  President,  I  beg  to  enclose  here¬ 
with,  a  copy  of  the  form  of  license  Agreement,  marked  D,  which  is 
now  in  use  by  this  Company, 

Very  respectfully, 

Ass't  Secretary, 


General  Electric  Company 



<?oi}traet  ar?d  Ci<;ei?se. 



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in  the  fallowing  described  territory : 

he  Licensee  is  hereby  licensed  by  the  Licensor  under  its  letters  patent  and  1 
t)  to  use  said  apparatus  in  said  territory,  but  nowhere  else  J  this  license  to  ce 
f  any  of  its  covenants  or  of  the  conditions  hereinafter  contained. 

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except  within  the  territory  aforesaid,  and  in  connection  or  circuit  only  with  apparatus  urcliased  h  '  '  V  ’ 

purpose"  of'central  'station  lining  ^  LiCL'"S°r'  ""<1  ’,0t  ,UIoW  lhe  ^  except' foTt'he 

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tt,  nor  allow  rt,  or  any  part  thereof,  to  be  removed  from  said  territory  without  the  consent  of  the  Licensor  in 
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Fourth.  The  Licensor  covenants  that  it  will  consent  to  the  sale,  transfer  or  removal  of  said  apparatus, 
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for  cash,  or  on  such 
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.  Tiie  Licensor  specially  reserves  the  right  to  sell  in  said  territory  apparatus  for  isolated  lighting 

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by  all  necessary  additions  to  its  plant;  and  that  in  its  said  business  it  will  not  use  any  apparatus  not  pur¬ 
chased  by  it  directly  from  or  with  the  consent  of  the  Licensor;  that  it  will  keep  suitable  and  accurate  records 
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and  wl.”  s^Tr^  “““  ‘°  su^‘  records  and  books, 

forms  supplied  by  the  Licensor. 

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n"d  deliver  to  the  Licensor  as  the  absolute  property  of  the  Licensor 
(  )  shares,  fully  paid  and  non  assessable,  of  the  capital  stock  of  the  Licensee,  and 

needed  with  which  to  p^Iim  and  iltlH  T  T  ‘‘“T  ^  “ 

its  capital  stock  or  hy  ail  issue  of  bonds,  of  which  iuciease  of  stock, Vully^paii^nud  ncni^sessahlc^^ssue 

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iere  o  s  in  in  mg  upon  the  Licensee  from  the  date  of  the  execution  of  the  same  respectively  by  it,  and 
shall  bo  binding  upon  the  Licensor  only  from  the  dote  of  the  counter-signature  of  the  same  respectively  by  the 

President  or  Vice-President  of  the  Licensor.  1  5  ' 

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machines,  articles,  devices,  and  appliances  now  necessary  or  proper  and  as  may  1, ereader  become  necessary 
or  proper  for  use  m  central  stntiou  electric  lighting. 

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Pittsburg,  Pa.  Sept.  14th-’92. 

Mr,  L.  II.  Kamos,  Prcst. 

So.  Chicago  St.  Ry.  Co.,  Chicago,  Ill. 
bear  Sir:-  : 

V,ro  call  your  attention  to  tho  use  of  carbon  bru3hos  in 
connection  with  electric  generators  and  motors. 

On  May  6th,  1890,  the  Westinghouse  Electric  &  Hanufactur- 
ingCompany  secured  the  Patent  #427259  of  George  Kerbs,  covering 
broadly  tho  use  of  carbon  brushes.  The  Thomson-Kouston  Company 
had  also  acquired  a  patent  of  Charles  J.  Van  Depoole,  #390921. 

On  January  8th,  1891,  before  the  Thonson-Houston  Company 
acquired  control  of  the  Edison  Company,  an  agreement  was  made  be¬ 
tween  the  Wostinghouse  and  Thoirison-House^Oompanies ,  whereby  the  two 
latter  Companies  became  joint  owners  of  the  above  n aired  patents, 
and  the  following  extract  from  the  preamble  sets  forth  tiro  obiect 
of  tire  agreement :- 

"And  whereas  the  said  Letters  Patent  are  being  infringed 
extensively  by  other  manufacturer’s  of  electrical  machinery,  and 
tho  parties  hereto  are  desirous  of  avoiding  litigation  with  each 
other,  and  of  stopping  the  unauthorized  use  by  others  of  tlie  invent 
ions  coverod  by  said  Letters  Patent." 

The  agreement  contemplated  a  suit  against  the  Edison 
C-oneral  Electric  Company,  which  was  brought  in  duo  course,  and 
which  is  now  ponding.  Under  the  terms  of  the  agreement  each  party 
has  a  right  to  manufacture  and  use  the  invention  in  conoction  with 
its  own  apparatus  only,  and,  as  will  be  seen  by  the  following  ex¬ 
tract,  neirher  pai’ty  has  the  right  to  license  any  other  company  rfco 
manufacture,  use  or  sell'  the  inventions  in  quostion:- 

" Third.-  That  at  no  time  shall  any  licenses  be  granted 
under  either  of  said  Patents  by  either  of  said  Companies,  nor  any 
interest  in  said  Patents  be  sold  by  either  of  them  without  the 
consent  in  writing  of  the  other  party  first  had  and  obtained,  and 
neither  party,  shall  make  carbon  brushes  except  for  use  with  appar¬ 
atus  manufactured  by  it." 

It  has  como  to  our  knowledge  that  agent3  of  the  General 
Electric  Company  have  threatened  our  customers  with  suits  fa-  die 
infringement  of  these  very  Patents;  whereas,  as  a  matter  of  fact, 
The  General  Electric  Company  has  no  right  what-ever  to  manufacture 
U3e  or  sell  those  inventions,  and  we  propose  to  assert  the  rights 
vie  hold  under  these  Patents,  and  to  enforce  die  terms  of  tin  agree¬ 
ment  referred  to. 

Vie  are  advised  that  the  General  Electric  Company  cannot 
acquire  any  right  to  make,  use,  and  sell  carbon  brushes  without 
our  consent,  and  that  their  owie  rship  of  the  stock  of  the  Thonson- 
I'ouston  Company  does  not  and  cannot  give  them  any  such  rights. 

You  are  therefore  cautioned  against  the  use  of  any  elec¬ 
tric  apparatus  made  or  sold  by  the  General  Electric  Company  having 
carbon  brushes. 

The  Thomson-llouston  Company  under  the  t or: s  of  die  agree¬ 
ment  are  bound  to  join  with  us  in  pressing  the  case  against  die 
Edison  General  Electric  Company  to  a  final  hearing  at  the  joint  ex¬ 
pense  of  die  Two  Companies. 

\/c  caution  users  of  electric  apparatus  against  giving 
credence  to  statements  of  officers  and  agents  of  the  General 
Electric  Company  to  the  effect  that  that  Company  in  any  manner 
controls  the  affairs  of  this  Company. 

Yours  truly, 




Vice  Prest.  &  Gen.  lianager, 

1892.  Electric  Railway  (D-92-28) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  Edison’s  involvement  in 
electric  railways.  One  document  pertains  to  changes  made  by  William  B. 
Vansize  in  Edison’s  original  electric  railway  patents.  There  are  also 
documents  regarding  the  electrification  and  extension  of  street  railways  in 
Chicago  in  preparation  for  the  1893  World  Columbian  Exhibition 

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without  fail,  and  I  se^d  an  envelope  herewith  for  that  purpose. 

Very  truly  yours, 

Enclosures:  Poifr  original  jpdtents 


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1892.  Fort  Myers  (D-92-29) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining  to 
the  maintenance  of  the  home  and  property  of  Edison  at  Fort  Myers,  Florida. 
The  letters  are  by  James  Evans,  caretaker,  and  relate  to  fruits  grown  on  the 
property  and  to  the  coal  supply. 

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The  Alfred  P.  Sloan  Foundation 
Charles  Edison  Fund 
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Geraldine  R.  Dodge  Foundation 


National  Science  Foundation 
National  Endowment  for  the  Humanities 
National  Historical  Publications  and 
Records  Commission 


Alabama  Power  Company 
Amerada  Hess  Corporation 

Atlantic  Electric 

Association  of  Edison  Illuminating 
Companies,  Inc. 

Battelle  Memorial  Institute 
The  Boston  Edison  Foundation 
Cabot  Corporation  Foundation,  Inc. 
Carolina  Power  &  Light  Company 
Consolidated  Edison  Company  of 
New  York,  Inc. 

Consumers  Power  Company 
Corning  Glass  Works  Foundation 
Duke  Power  Company 
Entergy  Corporation  (Middle  South 
Electric  Systems) 

Exxon  Corporation 
Florida  Power  &  Light  Company 
General  Electric  Foundation 
Gould  Inc.  Foundation 
Gulf  States  Utilities  Company 
Idaho  Power  Company 
International  Brotherhood  of  Electrical 

Iowa  Power  and  Light  Company 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Stanley  H.  Katz 

Matsushita  Electric  Industrial  Co.,  Ltd. 

McGraw-Edison  Company 

Minnesota  Power 

New  Jersey  Bell 

New  York  State  Electric  &  Gas 

North  American  Philips  Corporation 
Philadelphia  Electric  Company 
Philips  International  B.V. 

Public  Service  Electric  and  Gas 
RCA  Corporation 
Robert  Bosch  GmbH 
Rochester  Gas  and  Electric 

San  Diego  Gas  &  Electric 
Savannah  Electric  and  Power  Company 
Schering-Plough  Foundation 
Texas  Utilities  Company 
Thomas  &  Betts  Corporation 
Thomson  Grand  Public 
Transamerica  Delaval  Inc. 
Westinghouse  Educational  Foundation 
Wisconsin  Public  Service 


Rutgers,  The  Slate  University  of 
New  Jersey 

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Rudolph  M.  Bell 

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Neil  Harris,  University  of  Chicago 
Thomas  Parke  Hughes,  University  of  Pennsylvania 
Arthur  Link,  Princeton  University 
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